Internet service remains suspended for 2nd day in Kashmir

Internet service remains suspended for 2nd day in Kashmir


Internet service remains suspended for 2nd day in Kashmir


Srinaga: Internet service of all cellular companies, including the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Broadband, remained suspended for the second day today, where separatists have given a strike call on the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani. The internet services were suspended yesterday as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of any rumours on the social media. However, suspension of the facility has led to spreading of more rumours, besides badly affecting mediapersons, professionals and students in Kashmir valley. Authorities had yesterday directed all cellular companies to suspend mobile internet services till further orders. Meanwhile, broadband internet service providers were given option to either block all social media sites, if possible or else, suspend the services. 'In view of the apprehensions of misuse of internet services by the anti-national elements, which is likely to cause deterioration of law and order situation, you are directed to block all social media sites on lease line. If it is not possible, shutdown the services in Kashmir till further orders,' directions sent to broadband service providers by Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Munir Ahmad Khan read. The curb on internet came in response to a strike called by both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on the death anniversary of Burhan, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir on this day, last year. Killing of Burhan triggered massive clashes, which lasted for over six months and left 100 civilians dead and thousands others injured in security force action. About 2,500 security force personnel were also injured in these clashes. Mobile internet was restored for a couple of hours yesterday, when both the Houses of J&K Legislature passed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, following which it was implemented in the state from midnight yesterday. The broadband internet service of BSNL and a private operated CNS, which is mostly used by the media organisations, remained suspended, forcing mediapersons, working with national and international organisations, to file GST-related stories over the phone or by arranging mobile internet connections.

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