Amidst ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, the state police on Saturday raided the newspaper printing presses and snapped cable TV networks.
Cops are also reported to have seized the copies of newspapers already printed in local presses.
Bashir Ahmad Bashir, who’s the Editor Srinagar Times – an Urdu daily published from Srinagar – and famous cartoonist, told The Indian Express, “This is undemocratic. We were printing the newspapers at our press when the police came. They asked us to stop and took away the newspapers that we had already printed.”
Elsewhere, the cops also raided the printing press of the Greater Kashmir at Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar city.
Due to ongoing curfew in the city, the Greater Kashmir edition is not available. But the newspaper, in its online edition had reported about the arrest of three of its employees.
The paper had reported, “More than 20 policemen barged into GK printing Press and directed the employees to stop printing the newspaper. Within no time they stopped the machines and pulled out the plates. The Policemen seized the plates of Greater Kashmir and more than 50,000 printed copies of Kashmir Uzma and closed down the GKC printing press. Cops misbehaved with the employees present there and snatched their cell phones. The employees who tried to resist were beaten up by the policemen.”
More than eight newspapers are reportedly printed from the printing press of the Greater Kashmir.
“It is too much now. They (government) raided the printing press and took away the (printing) plates with them,” Hayat Ahmad Bhat, the owner of Kashmir Reader that prints from KT printing press told The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, the government has also reportedly ordered TV cable network owners to stop transmission in the Valley.