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J-K: Curbs further eased in 50 police stations, 2G internet services suspended again

The decision was taken in a bid to avoid the circulation of fake news on social networking sites. Restrictions on the movement of people were eased and landline phone services were restored in some areas of the Valley on Saturday. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2019 9:53:35 pm
Kashmir has faced one of the stringent communication blackouts in recent times which began from August 5. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Restrictions were further eased in 50 police station areas of the Valley on Sunday even though internet services were snapped again in five districts of Jammu region a day after they were restored as strict security arrangements continued in Jammu and Kashmir, PTI reported.

There are 105 police stations in the Kashmir Valley — 34 in North Kashmir, 32 in South Kashmir, and 39 in Central Kashmir.

Inspector General of Police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh told PTI the 2G network had “temporarily been disconnected due to some technical reasons which is being rectified and efforts are on to ensure restoration as soon as possible”. Earlier, a police officer had said the services were snapped to check fake news and rumour-mongering.

J&K government spokesman Rohit Kansal said the process of easing prohibitory orders was on. “The restrictions were eased in 50 police station areas today as against 35 police station areas yesterday,” PTI quoted Kansal as saying.

“Over 190 primary schools will reopen tomorrow in Srinagar alone and after this, we look forward to other areas like taking up development-related activities,” he said.

Restrictions were also relaxed in 35 police stations in the Kashmir Valley. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Restrictions were imposed in Kashmir on August 5, a day before the Centre announced the revocation of special status under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

While officials said that the high-speed (3G and 4G) mobile internet services will be restored in Jammu after a fresh assessment of the situation, services continued to remain suspended in Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts during the day.

Earlier, Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam told a press conference on Friday that there had been no loss of life during the lockdown in Valley and assured that landlines and telephone services will be resumed in a phased manner.

The first batch of 300 Haj pilgrims returned to Kashmir from Saudi Arabia on Sunday amid elaborate arrangements made by the authorities to ensure their smooth return.

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