Even as Doda, Banihal and Kishtwar observed partial to complete shutdown in view of Kashmir turmoil, the state administration, on Friday morning, suspended mobile internet services in all the 10 districts of Jammu region.
The services were earlier suspended on July 9 following the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani and restored on July 25.
Jammu divisional commissioner Dr Pawan Kotwal, however, said only GPRS operated WhatsApp was blocked as a precautionary measure to keep a check on rumour mongers.
“Other services on mobile internet are on,” he added.
As per reports from Banihal, Kishtwar and Doda on Kashmir highway, the Bandh was peaceful by 11.45 pm. The government has deployed adequate security personnel to ensure law and order.
Kishtwar senior superintendent of police Sandeep Wazir said, “In Kishtwar town the bandh so far is peaceful. Some people are staging protests at the bus stand area. Pro-azadi sloganeering is on.”
Official sources said some mischievous elements in Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts were trying to vitiate peaceful atmosphere in Jammu region.
“There have been attempts by some anti-national elements in Muslim-dominated districts. including Rajouri and Poonch but the administration is alive to the situation,” they added.
A senior police officer said there were announcements from local mosques in Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Doda towns asking the people to observe bandh in protest against the killing and injuries to civilians in pellets firing by security forces in the Valley.
“Definitely there have been attempts to vitiate the atmosphere in Jammu region but we will not let it happen,” he added.
While in Kishtwar and Bhaderwah, bandh was partial with only Muslims keeping their shutters down, there was complete shutdown in Banihal and Doda. The vehicular traffic was also off the roads.
Pro-azadi and anti-India slogans were also raised in Poonch, Surankote and Mandi a few days back after Friday prayers compelling a delegation of Hindus to meet Poonch deputy commissioner MH Malik.