Kashmir Situation Intensifies, Police Shut Down Newspapers, Presses, Arrest Journalists

All telephone services in three north Kashmir districts were snapped on Saturday evening, and mobile telephony in the Valley remained suspended for last many days.

Doctors said that security forces had been deliberately using rubber pellets to inflict maximum physical and psychological damage on protesters without risking further fatalities.

On the other hand, hundreds of Kashmiri Americans and friends of Kashmir staged a peaceful protest in front of the Indian Mission to the United Nations to express their anguish over the killing of 45 innocent civilians in Kashmir and injuries to more than 3500. The statement appealed to the people to observe complete shutdown tomorrow and day after as black day.

"Government should look at people as they look at their own children.but the situation in the hospitals which are full of injured people narrate it all". Till date, Kashmir Times is the only newspaper which continues to be denied advertisements, which is the main source of revenue.

The July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani triggered a wave of violence and clashes across the valley that has left over 40 dead. "Some fresh units will exclusively work to secure the movement of security forces' convoys", a senior official said.

Following the police action, a meeting of Kashmir-based newspaper editors, printers and publishers, was held on Saturday at Press Colony in which the issue was discussed.

As the opposition decried the state and central governments' role in handling the situation, the media ban continued and no newspapers were published for the third day on Monday.

Amid the information blackout forced by the government, no newspaper could hit the stands for the second day on Sunday. "They asked us to stop the printing machine immediately".

Authorities have imposed a blanket ban on newspapers, asking their editors and owners not to publish till July 19.

Authorities on Sunday extended the summer break for schools and colleges by a week, until July 24.

"The attempts in Pakistan by various players to ingratiate themselves to the people of J&K in the run up to the so called elections in territories under Pakistan s illegal occupation will not succeed", Swarup said.

Meanwhile, cable TV service has been restored in the Valley after being suspended for more than than 12 hours.

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