In a surprising development, Radio Kashmir Srinagar went off the air Saturday evening and consequently several popular programs like "Shehar Been" could not be broadcast.
Sources said that this is for the first time that Radio Kashmir Srinagar has went off the air, and the incident has happened before the scheduled march called by joint resistance leadership to government-run radio and TV stations.
When contacted, Director Radio Kashmir Srinagar Dr Hamayun Kaisar said: "The Narbal transmitter of Radio Kashmir developed a technical snag and current affairs programs including "Shehar Been", "Gaimi Bayan Hund program" and "Wadi ki Awaz" could not be broadcast. Efforts are in full swing to make the transmitter functional."
Interestingly the joint resistance leadership has asked people to stop the employees of Radio Kashmir, Doordarshan and State Information department from attending to their duties.
The government is taking all possible measures to ensure Radio Kashmir, Information Department and Doordarshan employees attend the offices on September 1 to counter the call given by joint resistance camp.
Joint resistance camp has urged people to block all roads leading to "Propaganda machinery viz Doordarshan, Radio Kashmir and Information Department." Sources said that employees working in these institutions would be provided accommodation and security to ensure they reach their offices. It was learnt further that the employees of these three vital government run offices would be provided shelter at TRC and Circuit House while adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure their safety.
Reliable sources said that Director Engineering of Radio Kashmir, Rajesh Babu, sent a letter to Div Com and asked him to provide adequate security to them in view of the protest programme called by the pro-freedom leadership. "Babu has sought security for Radio Kashmir Srinagar office, FM Radio Station at Shankaracharya hill, HPT station in Narbal and Pampore and for AIR office at Kupwara," they informed.