Fearing Trouble, Anupam Kher ‘Denied Entry’ Into Srinagar, Returns With A Heavy Heart

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3:31 pm 10 Apr, 2016


Bollywood actor Anupam Kher claims he was denied entry into Srinagar city by Jammu and Kashmir police after he landed at the airport on April 10 morning. He was to visit the NIT Srinagar campus, which has been tense since clashes between students and police this week.

Anupam Kher at Srinagar airport Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher at Srinagar airport Anupam Kher

He said that his visit to NIT should not be politicised as he was going there not to create problems but to give a sense of warmth to the students.

He added that he wanted to express solidarity and provide moral support to the students.


The Bollywood actor alleged that police did not even allow him to visit his ancestral house or Kheer Bhawani Temple in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

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“If they say this is a law and order situation, I will say that millions of people go to the university, it’s an open place. Why should they stop me and as a citizen of this country I should be allowed to go anywhere. I am not going there to create problem. I am just going there to give them a sense of warmth,” he told ANI.

“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 said.

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Kher at Srinagar airport Aditya Raj Kaul/Twitter

“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.

He tweeted:


The actor had expressed his desire to meet Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to express his concern over the NIT unrest.

“Sometimes things are symbolic. I believe in doing things rather than talking about it. I will also like to meet Mehbooba Mufti ji,” he said.



A fact-finding team of the HRD Ministry visited the institute’s campus earlier for an on the spot assessment of the situation.


The two-member team comprising a Director level and a Deputy Secretary level officer also spoke to the students to get their version of the events.

The Twitter was abuzz with his visit: