Ban on Internet; curbs on separatists under consideration: Police

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The Jammu and Kashmir Police Wednesday said various proposals that include banning the Internet services and imposing curbs on the separatists are under its consideration and would only be implemented after reading the situation.

The Police, however, said no final decision has been taken on any of the proposals so far.

“We will wait and watch how the situation would shape up. We have various proposals that include banning the Internet services, restricting the movement of separatists and other things,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir range, Syed Javid Mujtaba Gilani said.

He said so far police has not got in touch with the service providers. “We will keenly watch the situation and accordingly act. We won’t jump the gun,” the IGP said.

Police sources said if all goes peacefully, there would be no restrictions on the separatists. “No step would be taken until and unless the situation takes an ugly turn,” they said.

Pertinently, rumours spread across Kashmir and on the social networking sites that the authorities had decided to cut the Internet services for 72 hours from Thursday evening, “as security reason.”

“There are apprehensions that people may run a campaign on the sacrifice of bovine animals on the eve of Eid and post pictures on the face book and watsapp sites. The move may trigger a communal frenzy in the State,” Police sources assert.

A simmering discontent is brewing across Kashmir after the High Court order calling for ban on beef. The decision has evoked a widespread criticism from the pro-freedom camp and also from various religious bodies and general public terming the decision as direct interference into the religion. The Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema has asked people of Kashmir to sacrifice bovine animals on Eid-ul Adha, falling on Friday.

A Police official said given the fact that Eid coincides with Friday; there are apprehensions of large scale protests and stone pelting incidents in the wake of ban on beef.

“We need to be cautious and every step would be taken after assessing the situation thoroughly,” he said, wishing not to be named.

“We have tonsure peace is maintained so that people celebrate the Eid with full gaiety across the State. Nobody will be allowed to disrupt the peace.”

 

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