Internet Snapped For the Day, Yet Again

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Srinagar: Internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Broadband, was snapped for the day yet again across Kashmir on Thursday because there was a repoll at 38 polling stations in Budgam district of central Kashmir.

Meanwhile, mobile internet service remained suspended for the fifth day in Kashmir valley.

The internet services was later restored in the evening and with this the four day internet logjam ended for now.

Earlier Director General of Police (DGP) had said that the broadband internet services was again suspended today on security grounds in view of the re-poll in 38 polling stations.

The authorities had asked all cellular companies to suspend broadband internet service in the valley apparently to prevent spread of any rumour on social media during polling. However, suspension of the facility led to more rumours, leading to more protests and clashes.

Internet service of all cellular companies, including BSNL, was suspended during the night intervening April 8 and 9 in the valley, where separatists had called for a general strike in protest against polling in Srinagar and Anantnag constituencies.

But, authorities resumed broadband internet service of BSNL on April 11 after Election Commission of India (ECI) deferred the bypoll in Anantnag parliamentary constituency.

Meanwhile, due to suspension of internet service, media organisations, traders especially those associated with travel and tourism, academic institutions besides general public was put to inconvenience.

Journalists working for various media organizations have been forced to file their stories about Kashmir situation over the phone.

Since July 8 last year, the broadband internet and mobile phone services were suspended thrice prior to this gag for around 25 days.

For around a month, the only mobile service functional in Kashmir valley was BSNL while pre-paid services of all cellular companies were restored after a span of three months on October 15 last year.

The mobile internet services for post-paid connections were restored on November 19 last year after a gag of about five months. Similarly, mobile internet services for prepaid connections were restored in Kashmir on January 27, six months after they were suspended.

[Source:-observer]