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J-K: State govt extends internet ban till tomorrow afternoon

The Jammu and Kashmir government, on Saturday, extended the two-day ban on internet services till Sunday

india Updated: Sep 26, 2015 21:55 IST
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Supporters of the Jammu-Kashmir Salvation movement (JKSM), shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar. (AFP File Photo)

The Jammu and Kashmir government, on Saturday, extended the two-day ban on internet services till Sunday, saying it apprehended misuse by anti-social elements to create communal tension in the state.

Inspector general of police of Kashmir as well as Jammu region wrote a letter to all service providers to continue termination of data services till 2pm on Sunday, official sources said.

The directive by police to all service providers, announced on the eve of Eid, comes amid the beef-ban controversy.

Service providers were directed to snap all data services in.

“In view of the apprehension of misuse of data services (GPRS/2G/3G) by anti-national elements, which is likely to cause deterioration in law and order situation, you are requested to completely snap down the data services through GPRS/2G/3G and broadband till 2om of September 27.”

The ban, which was supposed to end at 10pm on Saturday, was imposed to ensure no videos are uploaded and social networking sites are not accessible.

Reacting to the extension of ban, former state chief minister Omar Abdullah said the PDP-BJP government was pushing the people into the dark age.

“During our regime, when situations were far more worse, our government only reduced bandwidth so that ficticious videos were not uploaded. But this regime is completely pushing the people of the state to the wall,” Omar said.

“I wonder why chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba are silent on such draconian actions. They used to accuse my government but I wonder what they have to say now.”

“In fact Mufti Saheb is living to his promise. He had promised to make the state like Gujarat. Now I guess we are competing with Gujarat as to who bans internet more,” he said.

The measure has been taken because of apprehension of communal tension in the backdrop of the high court directive for implementation of an existing law that bans slaughter and selling of beef. Some separatist groups have said they will defy the court order.

This step was also aimed at thwarting mischievous elements who may violate the court and, as a mark of protest, post the pictures on social media that may spark communal tension.

First Published: Sep 26, 2015 21:00 IST