Mobile internet remains suspended for 2nd day in Kashmir

Srinagar: The mobile internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended for the second successive day on Sunday in Kashmir as a precautionary measure.

The decision to suspend the internet service in the valley was taken on Saturday following death of seven civilians in clashes, which were triggered after an encounter ensued between militants and security forces in Pulwama that left three ultras dead. An Army jawan was also martyred in the encounter.

However, the broadband internet service is working though with a very low speed in the valley.

Official sources told UNI that the authorities had asked all cellular companies to suspend mobile internet services across Kashmir as a precautionary measure to prevent rumour mongering. But, the suspension of mobile internet has led to more rumours.

“Data Alert: Dear customer, as per the government instructions, the internet services have been temporarily stopped in your area,” read a message sent from a cellular company to its users in the Valley.

But, due to suspension of mobile internet, media persons, professionals, doctors and students were the worst hit in Srinagar and south Kashmir. “High speed mobile internet shut down across the valley,” National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

The authorities have in the past also suspended mobile and broadband services in the valley as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours. 

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