Professionals, doctors continue to suffer as mobile internet remains suspended

Professionals, doctors and students continued to suffer in the Kashmir valley, where mobile internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limted (BSNL) remains suspended for the fourth day today.

However, mobile service and Broadband and other fixed line internet service besides Short Message Service (SMS) service were functioning normally. Decision to suspend the mobile internet service in the Kashmir valley was taken to avoid spread of any rumours in the backdrop of recent violence after death of top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Burhan Wani and two other militants in an encounter with security forces in Kokernag area in south Kashmir district of Anantnag on Friday evening.

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 misused to spread rumours to disturb the situation in the valley.

Suspension of mobile internet service has badly hit the professionals, including doctors, journalists, students and common users.

A medical transcription professional Bilal Ahmad said he has to take leave from office since he could not work because his two mobile internet service from two different companies are not working since Saturday.

Similar views were expressed by another professional who alleged that he suffered a heavy loss as he was being paid as per daily work done by him. Doctors and students were also the worst hit because of non availability of of mobile network. Media persons, who completely depend on mobile internet service alleged that they had to stay in offices where the broadband or point to point mobile network is available.

In the past also mobile service of all companies, was being snapped as a precautionary measure for security reasons. In 2008 SMS service on pre-paid mobile connection was suspended to curb spread of rumours through bulk SMS. However, the service was later restored after about a year only to ban it again in 2010.

In and 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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