New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has been deported back to the national capital after he was stopped at the Srinagar Airport earlier in the day.

He along with Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Gulam Ahmed Mir were barred from exiting the airport on Thursday.

This comes after Azad earlier in the day angrily remarked that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval could have paid Kashmiri locals to interact with him on his tour to the state.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, was speaking to the media in a hurry on Thursday morning when he made the remarks. Reacting to Ajit Doval visiting Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370 and interacting with locals over lunch and tea, Azad commented, “Paise dekar aap kisiko bhi saath le sakte ho” (You can bring anyone along with you with the help of money).”

On Wednesday Doval visited the Valley to assess the security situation in the state, which was put under curfew hours ahead of the government’s announcement. All communication, including the internet and telephone (both mobile and landline), were also snapped.

Meanwhile, the Valley is still under lockdown with Section 144 imposed, internet shut and mobile services curtailed.