Mobile internet service remain suspended in Kashmir

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To curb rumours, mobile internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limted (BSNL) remains suspended for the third day today in the Kashmir valley, where two day strike call by separatist organisations in protest against the civilian killings in security force firing will end today. Kashmir valley witnessed massive protests during the past 48 hours against the killing of top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander in Anantnag district of south Kashmir
on Fridayevening.
Burhan Wani, a most wanted commander, carrying reward of Rs 10 lakh, was killed in an encounter by security forces alongwith two other militants in Kokernag area, evoking massive protests and clashes in some areas in the valley.
The authorities snapped the link from mid-night Saturday to curb the rumours after the death of Burhan.
Cellular companies, including BSNL have snapped internet service following orders by the authorities to them for security reasons, official sources said. They said there was apprehension that mobile internet service would have been used to spread rumours to disturb the situation in the valley. In the past also mobile srvice of all companies, was being snapped as a precautionary measure for security reasons. In 2010 government had banned news on local cable network when more than 120 people, mostly youths, were killed in security force and police firing during pro freedom demonstrations in the valley. Mobile, Short Message Service (SMS) and mobile internet services were also suspended. However, mobile, SMS and internet services were later restored but ban on telecast of news on local cables continued.
Students and professionals, including doctors and media persons, were among the worst hit due to snapping of internet mobile services.
However, Broadband and other point-to-point internet services were working normally.

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