450 people on temporary ‘No Fly List’ in JK after August 5
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir administration has prepared a list of over 450 people including businessmen, journalists, lawyers and political activists, who would not be allowed to travel abroad for a particular time period.
The list was prepared in wake of the revocation of special status and downgrading of J&K into two Union Territories through J&K Reorganization Bill passed on August 5 in Lok Sabha.
This was to ensure that no ‘influencer’ from Kashmir would be able to travel abroad, insiders in the administration said.
After August 5, authorities didn’t allow a few people from travelling abroad and were stopped at the International Airport in New Delhi. None of them were given any specific reasons on why they weren’t allowed to travel despite having valid visas from the country they were visiting and boarding passes given by the airlines.
“A lot of things are in the pipeline for J&K and administration has to take steps to ensure that things happen smoothly. Some people could create trouble in that smooth transition,” media reports quoted an official as having said.
Another official in the administration informed that some people are on the radar for their activities and contacts abroad, so they were not allowed to travel, however, the list cannot be technically called as ‘Exit Control List’ but is a sort of preventive prohibition on travel or a temporary ‘No Flying List’.
After August 5, J&K government has detained many prominent politicians including, Hurriyat leaders, businessmen, lawyers and other civilians in Kashmir.
The detainees also consist of three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. The administration also snapped mobile phone, landline and Internet network for over two months to ensure that there are no protests or unrest in wake of the passing of J&K Reorganization Bill. (KNT)