SRINAGAR: Police on Friday-Saturday midnight allegedly raided the offices of various leading newspapers in Srinagar and restricted the press staff to print the newspapers.

According to the reports, the police conducted raid on the printing presses of Greater Kashmir, Rising Kashmir, Kashmir Times and other local dailes and arrested the staff to stop the printing of newspapers. One of the Facebook status posted by Pramod Jamwal reads “The Policemen seized the metallic printing plates of Kashmir Times and more than 70,000 printed copies of Kashmir Times and some other newspapers printed here and closed down the K T Press Pvt Ltd printing press.”

Another leading newspaper Rising Kashmir reports that police raided its printing press at 2 am, seized its printed copies at midnight and detained persons.

Media Gag: Forces seizes newspapers, restrict journalists

“A police party from Budgam police raided the press to seize the copies of Rising Kashmir and other publications,” the newspaper claimed. “As the staff had left after printing the copies, police took into custody all the employees including its Foreman Mohammad Yousuf and asked him to identify the distribution site.”

Meanwhile, Daily English Newspaper Greater Kashmir also claimed that police conducted a raid on their printing press at Sanat Nagar and seized the printed copies meant to be published on Saturday.

The government has already suspended mobile internet and telephony services across Kashmir valley.

The situation turned worse after people across the valley took to streets against the killing of Hizbul Mujahidin Commander Burhan Wani in an encounter at Kokernag.

At least 42 people including two police men were killed and over 3500 other got injured in violent clashes since past six days.

Pertinently, in 2008 and 2010 unrest, valley based newspapers were not allowed to be published by placing severe restrictions on their movement and movement of their vehicles. The newspapers were seized and not allowed to be a circulated and media persons were not issued curfew passes.

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