‘Undeclared Emergency’ In Jammu & Kashmir

3 August 2008

Jammu: At least 37 people were injured in violence over the Amarnath land row in Jammu region with fresh curfew imposed in Udhampur and Rajouri districts even as authorities blocked transmission of programmes by two local TV channels, sealed offices of two Hindi dailies and suspended mobile SMS services. Meanwhile, senior Aaj Tak correspondent Ashwini Kumar and NDTV cameraman Darshan were injured in police action in Diginana. Both had to be hospitalised. Sources said that following the instructions of the Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, the authorities first banned the Short Messaging Service (SMS) of all the mobile operators and blacked out cable TV networks since midnight last night followed by the sealing of offices of two media giants in Jammu and Kashmir. The offices of Take One Television and JK Channel, which have a network of their own private channels, and are also the providers of all national and satellite channels in the region, were sealed at 11.30 am today by an order of the district magistrate, Jammu. A team of district administration accompanied by a heavy contingent of police and para-military personnel barged inside the offices of Take One Television Private Limited and JK Media Pvt Limited asking the management to stop airing of cable channels. In a melee, 10 people, including two journalists and City SDPO Sawtanter Arora were injured. “Take One TV was in the midst of a live discussion on the situation in Jammu when it was asked to stop its live programme,” informed a senior official of the channel. The closure of the private TV channels has been widely criticised by social and political organisations in Jammu. The public are calling it an 'undeclared’ Emergency' being imposed in Jammu.