Kashmir unrest: Government orders shutdown of internet, mobile services

The decision for a complete ban of the internet services was taken after a review of the prevailing law and order situation in the state on the eve of Eid-ul-Zuha festival

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published:September 12, 2016 5:41 pm
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The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday ordered shutdown of internet services of all telecom networks and also mobile communications except of state-run BSNL for the next 72 hours as a precautionary measure because of the tense law and order situation in the state.

The decision for a complete ban of the internet services was taken after a review of the prevailing law and order situation in the state on the eve of Eid-ul-Zuha festival on Tuesday, official sources in Srinagar said.

The sources said Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone and Reliance telecom service providers have been ordered to shut down their services with immediate effect for 72 hours besides directing the state-run BSNL to stop its broadband services for Internet.

Separatists had given a call to march towards the United Nations office for tomorrow and the authorities were expecting that there will be addresses over telephone by leaders besides mobilising people using data services, the sources said.

However, post-paid BSNL numbers, which are mainly with police, army and government officials, have been kept out of the purview of the ban, the sources said.

Mobile phone was banned immediately after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani during an encounter on July 8. It was partially restored on July 27 followed by opening of only broadband Internet.

Pre-paid connections irrespective of the operators continued to be shut down for the last two months.

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    Joshita
    Sep 15, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    When is it coming back again? It's been 72 hours.
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      khan
      Sep 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm
      The best a Kashmiri can get
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        SubbuI
        Sep 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm
        GOOD DECEISION. GOVERNMENT CAN STOP ELECTRIS SUPPLY AND WATER SUPPLY.IF CAN NOTBRING THEM TO KNEEL DOWN. GOVERNMENT CAN STOP RATION AND SHUT ALL HOSPITALS LIKE THE SCHOOLS. THEY HAVE TO COME IN LINE
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          Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          Sep 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm
          Not a bad idea. All these while they were getting all these practically free. Uncle India Claus was very very liberal. Now let them understand that the freebies and agitations cannot go hand in hand.
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          INDIENKENENR
          Sep 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm
          These Islam corrupted Kashmiri Muslim Indians!lt;br/gt;They deserve all the contempt and more of scorn doubled and quadrupled because they don't live and let live.lt;br/gt;I think a reverse Jazia should be imposed on them till they have come to their senses, forget Azadi.
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            Jujhar G
            Sep 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm
            Idea seem to be breaking the will of militants. Whether it happens or not is another thing, it does prove a repressive step towards peaceful Kashmiris.
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              Jujhar G
              Sep 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm
              Sarcasm !
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                Satish Kak
                Sep 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                Kashmir's non-muslim should not suffer. There is some reason they have not shifted out. With such disturbed situation, nobody from outside Kashmir can think of going there. Even lifting 370 will be of no use.
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