Vi­o­lence fall­out: Stop-press or­der is­sued in Kash­mir

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Toufiq Rashid let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Au­thor­i­ties on Satur­day banned news­pa­per pub­li­ca­tion in Kash­mir for three days af­ter po­lice raided me­dia houses and shut down a ma­jor print­ing press in what is be­ing seen as the most sweep­ing in­for­ma­tion black­out in the val­ley rocked by vi­o­lence. “The un­de­sir­able step was taken to en­sure peace,” gov­ern­ment spokesman Nay­eem Akhtar said.

The gag on print me­dia fol­lowed the worst vi­o­lence in the restive val­ley in six years that has left at least 40 peo­ple dead and scores wounded in clashes be­tween se­cu­rity forces and pro­test­ers an­gry over the killing of top mil­i­tant leader Burhan Wani.

Mo­bile and in­ter­net ser­vices are al­ready blocked in the val­ley where cur­few was ex­tended to the eight day on Satur­day. Cable TV was also blocked but was re­stored on Satur­day.

“Pak­istan has given (a) black day call. There is an at­tempt to sub­vert peace, it is an un­usual sit­u­a­tion so we were forced to take such an un­de­sir­able step,” Akhtar said.

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