Ban on 3G, 4G Internet services in J&K extended till February 24

The ban on high-speed 3G, 4G Internet services has been extended till February 24 in Jammu and Kashmir, while 2G Internet services will remain working with 1400+ whitelist websites, the Jammu and Kashmir government said in a notice released early Sunday.

Clarifying on the “temporary” suspension of mobile data in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government said: “It has also been reported attempts have been made to disturb the public peace by spreading rumours to incite the general public over the last week which reinstated temporary suspension on the mobile data for limited period of time by the authorized officers.”

The notice also directed people with internet access not to misuse it for uploading “provocative material inimical to the interest of the state”.

On January 24, 2G mobile internet services on postpaid as well as prepaid phones were restored after remaining shut for more than five months. However, the service can only be used to access 301 websites approved by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, an official order had said.

Telecom services were snapped in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre abrogated Article 370 — stripping the state of its special status — and also bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

However, the Supreme Court came down heavily on the UT administration for arbitrarily shutting down the internet, the facility described as the fundamental right by the court.