New Delhi, Aug. 25 -- A delegation of Opposition leaders, including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, were detained on arrival at the Srinagar airport on Saturday and sent back to Delhi by the Jammu and Kashmir administration.

The administration said the presence of the Opposition leaders, who had intended to assess the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir after the effective revocation of its special status, could affect normalcy in the state. Leaders present alongside Gandhi, who travelled to Srinagar in a 11:50am Vistara flight on Saturday, said they were detained at the airport there for three hours and then sent back on another flight at 4pm.

Once detained, the leaders were shown a J&K government order, which said the state di...