New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court gave its approval, Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday travelled to Srinagar to visit his party member Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami.
Yechury, who arrived in Srinagar in the afternoon was taken by police officials to visit Tarigami. According to senior leaders in the party, Yechury is likely to return back to the national capital on Friday.
The visit comes after several opposition leaders including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi have made attempts to travel to Srinagar to assess the situation on the ground. Yechury, who has made two attempts in the past, is the first opposition leader to successfully enter Srinagar since the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370.
The apex court in its order has asked Yechury to limit his visit to meet Tarigami and not to politicize the issue. The court has also asked Yechury to file an affidavit after his visit to Srinagar.
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Tarigami is a CPM central committee member and has been a four time member of the Jammu & Kashmir legislative assembly. The leader has been under house arrest since 5 August.
Earlier this month, Parliament approved a resolution scrapping special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and also passed The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill to split the state into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.