Jammu and Kashmir Estates Department today sealed the office of Kashmir Times in Srinagar that was allotted to it in a government building in Press Enclave that houses several other newspaper offices in similar buildings.

The office was sealed late this afternoon without serving any cancellation or eviction notice to Kashmir Times or following any due process of law. Nothing in writing was given to the publication. The Estates Department also did not give any reasons for the government action. The newspaper owners said that no notice of cancellation or eviction was served on them and “nothing in writing” was given to them.

The government has the right to evict an allottee, but there is a certain criteria and they have to follow the due process,” she said, Kashmir Times owner Anuradha Bhasin