Mehbooba Mufti’s top aide denies media ban in Kashmir

Mattoo said "heads will roll" after it is known "whoever locally took decision to ban newspapers in the Valley"

Denying that the Jammu and Kashmir government had imposed any ban on the media in the Kashmir Valley, Amitabh Mattoo, a top aide of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Monday said “heads will roll” after it is clear on who took the decision.

“There has been no ban on the media (in Kashmir),” Mattoo, political advisor to the Chief Minister, said.

The denial came two days after editors and newspapers owners of Srinagar-based dailies were told by a government spokesman and minister on Saturday evening that they should stop publication in view of the strict curfew in the Valley.

As a result of the crackdown, Srinagar-based newspapers couldn’t hit the stands since Saturday when copies of those already printed were seized at midnight and early morning raids by the police on their printing presses.

Mattoo said “heads will roll” after it is known “whoever locally took decision to ban newspapers in Kashmir”.

The Chief Minister’s aide is believed to have called newspaper editors on Monday evening telling them to go ahead with their publication. However, due to operational reasons, the publishers said that it won’t be possible for them to print newspapers for Tuesday morning.