In a bid to ensure no political leader visited violence-hit Kishtwar, the state government detained senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and put PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti under house arrest on Sunday.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has said no political leader or separatist will be allowed to visit Kishtwar.
Jaitley was scheduled to visit the district but was detained at the Jammu airport. BJP MP and J&K in-charge Avinash Khanna could not reach Jammu as well because a curfew has been imposed in Lakhanpur town, the entry point of the state from Punjab.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said she was prevented from leaving her residence for a visit to Kishtwar. “A police team has been deployed outside the main gate of my residence and we are not being allowed to leave the premises for Kishtwar," Mehbooba said.
Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj were earlier detained at the Jammu airport when they had come to hoist the national flag at Srinagar.
A few BJP MLAs are protesting outside the Jammu airport against Jaitley’s detention. Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, "Stopping Opposition leaders in this manner shows that the government does not want the truth about the Kishtwar violence to come out.”