IAS turned politician Shah Faesal detained and deported back to Kashmir, was trying to leave the country

Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Wednesday was sent back to Kashmir from the Delhi airport and detained here under the Public Safety Act (PSA), officials said.

Faesal, who was bound for Istanbul, was detained at the airport on Wednesday morning, they said.

The former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir had floated a political outfit after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

After being detained at the Delhi airport, he was again detained under the PSA on his arrival in Srinagar, the officials said.

Yesterday, he warned on Twitter that Kashmir “needed a non-violent political mass movement” for restoration of political rights.

“Kashmir will need a long, sustained, non-violent political mass movement for restoration of the political rights. Abolition of Article 370 has finished the mainstream. Constitutionalists are gone. So you can either be a stooge or a separatist now. No shades of grey,” the 35-year-old tweeted on Tuesday.

Post the removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, provided under Article 370, Faesal had said Kashmir is experiencing an “unprecedented” lockdown and its eight million population “incarcerated” like never before. He is the president of the J&K Peoples Movement party.

Mr Faesal is the latest Jammu and Kashmir politician to be placed under house arrest. Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been under arrest since August 4, as part of a huge security clampdown to prevent any major backlash following the government’s Kashmir decisions. Phone and internet services are still down in the Kashmir Valley and curfew-like restrictions are in place.

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