The Jammu and Kashmir government is considering blocking all mobile internet services in the Valley for 72 hours starting on the eve of Eid Ul Zuha.
This according to sources will be part of preventive measures which may include curbs on senior separatist leaders as well.
Confirming that blocking net is being considered, inspector general of police, Kashmir Range, Javed Gillani told Hindustan Times, "We are considering many preventive measures and blocking internet is one of them."
The decision, according to sources was taken in a security review meeting in the light of the high court order reiterating a Maharaja era (pre-independence) order banning sale and slaughter of bovines in the state.
The mobile internet is likely to be down from Thursday night and will continue till the time for sacrifice on Eid is over as people in the Valley are likely to defy the court order and slaughter bovines for Eid. Even the religious scholars and clergy had urged people to sacrifice bovines instead of the traditional sheep or goats.
Sources say there was almost total unanimity on the issue of blocking mobile internet services during the security review meeting called by the DGP K Rajendra in Srinagar on Monday night.
In the meeting attended by the security agencies, the use of social media vis a vis beef ban was widely discussed.
"The use of social media during Eid celebrations was widely discussed and it was agreed that pictures and videos of slaughtering of cows- considered inevitable in Kashmir would lead to incitement of communal passions across the state and even the country,'' said a senior police officer.
The PDP-BJP coalition remains divided on the beef ban in the state ahead of the Eid Ul Azha.
While the PDP is hinting the ban will not be implemented in the Valley on Eid, BJP has stated not to allow bovine slaughter in the state.
In a statement, Member of Parliament and senior PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra said that the recent decision of the high court to ban beef in the state has the potential to change the public perception about judiciary in the state.
"From past one-and-half years, the positive role played by judiciary in the public welfare issues like directing government to ensure proper rehabilitation of flood victims and forcing insurance companies to pay insured amount to the people has changed the perception among people about judiciary. But now after the beef ban order by the high court, judiciary, too, is being viewed with negative perception," he was quoted by a local news agency.
"Just one order by the Jammu wing of the high court has the potential to dent the stature of judiciary and people are questioning the credibility of the judicial process," he added.
In a press statement hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has appealed to people not to hurt other community's religious sentiments while sacrificing animals on the occasion of Eid Ul Zuha. ``While sacrificing animals is an important part of Eid Ul Zuha we should adopt a dignified attitude and approach for this dignified religious obligation. The aim of these sacrifices should be to honor the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim and to please Almighty Allah and it should not be intentional to hurt the sentiments of any community or it should not be done to show anybody down-grade,'' Geelani was quoted in a statement.
"Geelani Sahib expressed his deep concern and anguish over the reports that the recent controversial court order about the beef has created a hostile atmosphere in the Jammu region and some fanatic communal elements are preparing the ground for communal violence between Muslims and Hindus on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. While appealing the Hindu brothers not to fall into the snare of the Shiv Sena and other allied parties of the Sang Parivar and maintain the communal brotherhood at any cost, Geelani Sahib said that we are not sacrificing animals to hurt you or out of any kind of hatred. Sacrifice of animals is an important part of Eid-ul-Azha and its practice is obligatory for us. He said that we cannot stop the Hindu brothers to consume their Hallal things,'' the statement read.