Telecom operators start winding up in Anantnag

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ANANTNAG- Telecom operators in South Kashmir have started winding up their services after some men barged in many mobile recharge outlets and warned the retailers of “dire consequences” if they don’t stop their services immediately. 

Fresh spate of threats have started coming from Anantnag and Kulgam districts, where reportedly many mobile recharge retail shops have been closed down. “Some men showed up at my shop and sternly warned me of consequences if I refuse to wind up my outlet,” said Abdul Hameed, a mobile recharge retailer in Anantnag. He further said that in face of threats, several towers and telecom offices have been shut in the town. 

“We are not able to contact with our family members and relatives due to weak signals,” The weak signals have apparently set off an impression that many cellular towers in the area have been rendered defunct” said Salman Ahmad a shopkeeper near Achbal Adda. 

Similar threats have also been reported from Shopian where locals say only BSNL and Aircel networks were working. “Even the signal in both these networks is very weak, though the retailers are still recharging mobile phones, but the

threat is looming large over the town. 

In Anantnag  town the distributors have stopped recharging their retail vendors’ main recharging Sim-card (or Lapus) thereby triggering a sense of unease in public and forcing many telecom offices to close their service operations.

Meanwhile, communication system was badly affected in scores of hamlets in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Reports said that besides BSNL, the services of other private cellular companies was not satisfactory in the district. Except Pulwama and Pampore towns the mobile service was hit in almost all the hamlets including  Khrew, Konibal, Andrus, Chandhara,Inder, Puchal, Tahab, Ratnipora, Lelhar, Patal Bagh and other areas. 

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