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‘Eternal optimist’: Anupam Kher not demoralised after Srinagar refusal

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher was allegedly denied entry into Srinagar city by Jammu and Kashmir police after he landed at the aiport on Sunday morning.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2016 10:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Anupam Kher,Jammu and Kashmir,Srinagar
“Dear #NITSrinagar students: My Special gift for you,” Kher tweeted.

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher returned to New Delhi after Jammu and Kashmir police allegedly denied entry into Srinagar after he landed at the city airport on Sunday morning.

“As i return from Srinagar airport, my heart is heavy but i have hope that things will change & become better. I remain an #EternalOptimist,” Kher tweeted.

He thanked the Srinagar airport staff, police and other authorities for their and hospitality while he was at the airport adding that he will be back.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, Kher alleged that police detained him at the airport but he asked them for the official orders.

“I have been told by J&K police that I cannot enter Srinagar city at all. I have asked them to show me the orders. Still at the airport,” Kher tweeted.

“Asked J&K Police if I can visit my ancestral home or Kheer Bhawani temple. Even that is not allowed. Basically it is #AirportArrest,” Kher said in another tweet.

The actor told ANI that he was visiting Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology (NIT) to express solidarity and provide moral support to the students.

“I am visiting there at a personal level. It’s a symbolic gesture as it is most important to show them solidarity. It’s important to give NIT Srinagar students moral support. I’m going there as a citizen to meet students,” Kher told ANI in New Delhi.

“I am not going to flare-up this issue. I will visit there as a citizen, I don’t have any political fan following. I will also try to meet Mehbooba ji. I have not informed anyone, I have no security arrangements, I am going as a passenger,” he added.

A clash between local and outstation students at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar last Thursday over a cricket match has snowballed into a major issue with non-Kashmiri students alleging police brutality.

The initial spark for the clashes came when some engineering students from outside the state claimed Kashmiri students had chanted anti-India slogans and burst firecrackers after India lost the World T20 semi-final to West Indies.

The NIT authorities said the campus has been closed and the students have been asked to vacate the hostel.

The police had to be called in after efforts by the NIT officials to control the situation and disperse the crowd failed. The police baton charged the protestors and fired tear gas to bring the situation under control.

First Published: Apr 10, 2016 12:00 IST