New Delhi: Kashmir politician Shah Faesal on Wednesday was detained at Delhi airport while he was trying to fly abroad, stated a report. He has been sent back to Kashmir and placed under preventive detention.

The IAS topper who quit and joined politics has been criticising the government’s abrogation of Article 370. Taking the issue to his official Twitter handle, Faesal tweeted on Tuesday, “Kashmir will need a long, sustained, non-violent political mass movement for restoration of the political rights.”

He added, “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 Faesal protested against the “unabated killings” in Kashmir. He also stood against the “marginalization of Indian Muslims”.

Notably, several senior Opposition leaders in J&K were detained hours after the contentious Article 370 was revoked in the parliament on August 5. Besides Shah Faesal, the list included former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah, Yousuf Tarigami and Usman Majid.

With the abrogation of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir lost its special status and was bifurcated into two Union territories namely Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without one.