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Mobile internet to remain suspended in Kashmir, says Admin

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Srinagar: Mobile internet services in Kashmir Valley shall remain suspended till 6 September, Admin has said.

The Admin had snapped telephone and internet except lesser-used BSNL services following the demise of Hurriyat Conference chairman on the evening of 1 September.

In an order, Principal Secretary to Government, Shaleen Kabra, said that mobile internet shall remain suspended till 1700 of 6 September “unless modified earlier.”

The order was issued on 3 September after making “objective assessment of the prevailing circumstances and the necessity of continuation of (the) restrictions.”

He said reports were sought from the law enforcement agencies, in which it has been brought out that these directions have had a salutary effect on “misuse of data services for rumour mongering, circulation of lake news, instigation for violence etc.”

While the situation has by and large remained peaceful, he said, there have been “sporadic incidents” at some places.

He said there was apprehension of breach of peace and public order remains due to the “nefarious designs by the Pakistan supported handlers from across the border and the secessionists forces within, through misuse of mobile data services.”

“The IGP Kashmir shall ensure compliance of this order by the service providers forthwith. He shall also closely monitor the impact of lifting of restrictions,” the order added. (GNS)

 

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