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Cable TV services, internet suspended in Jammu & Kashmir as curfew continues

MUMBAI: With Pakistani television channels launching a campaign, the government has suspended cable TV services in Jammu and Kashmir amid violent protests over last week’s killing of separatist leader Burhan Wani.

The shut down of cable TV came after authorities cut off mobile phone and internet services on 9 July.

broadband-cableMobile phone internet services have remained indefinitely banned in the state since 9 July, after the BJP-PDP-led J&K state government claimed that it is an attempt to “stop rumour mongering on social networking sites”.

The state has been under curfew since 9 July in the wake of clashes after security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Wani.

The police also seized copies of major Urdu and English newspapers in the Kashmir Valley after midnight raids on newspaper printing presses.

“Policemen seized the plates of Greater Kashmir and more than 50,000 printed copies of ‘Kashmir Uzma’ (Urdu daily) and closed down the GKC printing press,” a report on the website of Greater Kashmir newspaper said.

“Our vehicles were seized at dawn. We were not allowed to send papers out,” the editor of another English daily has been quoted as having said.

Meanwhile, separatist groups including both factions of Hurriyat Conference and the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front, issued strike calls yesterday and until Monday evening.