The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday decided to shut down all internet services in the Valley for Eid-ul-Zuha.
The government claims that the decision was taken as there was “apprehension of misuse of data services by anti-national elements”.
Signed by inspector-general of police, Kashmir zone, Javed Gillani, the order says that internet use is likely to cause “deterioration in law and order situation”. It has been sent to all internet operators, including BSNL, Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone and Idea.
The service providers have been asked to shut down date services through GPRS/2G/3G and broadband. The ban will be in place from 5am on September 25 to 10pm on September 27.
The decision was taken at a security review meeting in the light of the high court order reiterating a pre-Independence order banning the sale and slaughter of bovines in the state.
Across the world, Muslims sacrifice animals during Eid-ul-Zuha, and people in the Valley are likely to defy the court order and slaughter bovines.