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India Kashmir dispute: Newspapers raided by police

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during a curfew in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir (16 July 2016) Image copyright EPA
Image caption A curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir remains in place - along with curbs on mobile internet access and on some cable television services

Several leading newspapers in Indian-administered Kashmir say they have been have been raided by police seeking to end a week of violent protests.

Police seized printing plates and thousands of editions overnight on Friday. Cable television is also reported to have been shut down.

More than 40 people have died in recent clashes in the area.

The crisis was sparked by the killing of a prominent separatist militant, Burhan Wani.

More than 1,500 others have also been injured in fighting between protesters and the security forces.

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Image caption The crisis was sparked by the killing of a young, well-known pro-separatist militant
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Image caption The violence is the worst seen in the region for years

A curfew remains in place - along with curbs on mobile and internet access.

"The clamp-down was necessitated as Pakistani channels that are beamed here through cable television network have launched a campaign aimed at fomenting trouble here," an unnamed Jammu and Kashmir government minister told the Reuters news agency.

"Some newspapers were also sensationalising the violence... We will take a decision on [their] restoration after 19 July."

The Greater Kashmir, Rising Kashmir and the Kashmir Observer, are among the titles who said they were affected.

Abdul Rashid Mukhdoomi, printer and publisher of the Greater Kashmir, said that there were no orders "under which the printing and circulation of our newspapers were stopped".

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