Civil Govt. Jams Mobile Services

SRINAGAR:  On January 26 this year when Governor NN Vohra was at the helm of affairs in the state, mobile connectivity was not snapped for the first time in a decade on a function involving unfurling of tricolour in Kashmir Valley. 

However, less than six months apart, the situation is back to square one as the mobile connectivity was barred for hours since morning on Saturday(August 15) as security measure to ensure peaceful function on India’s Independence day .

The mobile service of all companies including BSNL, Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone, Tata Indicom and Aircel, went off air since early in the morning, some three hours before the start of the official function at Bakshi Stadium, the main venue for I-day celebrations in Srinagar.

While as officials attributed it to security reasons, people questioned the move to choke the services when nothing of this sort was some in January 26.

“Has situation aggravated in six months so much that government needed to snap the connectivity again,” Shabir Ahmad of Old City here said.

“It is actually amazing that there was no such restriction during governor’s rule in the state while you are taken to Stone Age, although for few hours, when there is so-called popular government in place,” he added.

Official said that off-signaling the connectivity was done as a precautionary measure to foil any attempt by subversive elements to cause blasts through mobiles phones during the function.

“There have been instances in the past when militants detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) through mobiles in the valley and it was jammed today purely on security reasons,” an official said. The mobile services were restored after the functions were over.(GNS)

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