As Kashmir valley continues to remain locked in curfew for the eighth day after following the killing of militancy poster boy Burhan Wani, local newspapers too failed to hit the stand. This is in addition to snapping of mobile phone services, mobile internet and even the cable television. According to the authorities, the steps are taken with an eye on fragile law and order situation.
No newspaper was available in the valley as apprehending fresh trouble, Jammu and Kashmir Police raided the offices of at least two newspaper printing presses in Rangreth Industrial Estate barring them from printing the newspapers.
According to reports, Kashmir’s largest circulated daily Greater Kashmir, KT Press, which prints many newspapers, including Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Times, Kashmir Observer and The Kashmir Monitor, were raided and shut down.
The state police seized copies of various newspapers besides other printing material and printing plates. There are reports that some staff members of the printing press have been held during the raids.
Meanwhile, normal life remains impacted due to curfew in the wake of clashes following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. So far, 39 persons have been killed and more than thousand are left wounded, some of them with critical injuries.
“Curfew continues to remain in force in all 10 districts of Kashmir valley today as precautionary measure for maintaining law and order,” a police official said, adding the decision to continue the curfew was taken in view of large number of stone-pelting incidents across the valley yesterday.
With more posse already been rushed to the valley soon after first few days of violence, strength of police and paramilitary deployment in the region has been increased. Besides, mobile telephone services in the Valley also remained suspended to prevent any rumour-mongering. “Only postpaid connections of BSNL are working,” the official said.
The separatists groups — both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF — have been issuing strike calls. These separatists groups had on Friday extended their strike call till Monday evening.
(With inputs from the PTI)