Srinagar: Mobile internet service o all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) remained suspended in the Kashmir valley, where pre-paid mobile service has been restored late last night after remaining suspended for about three months.
Meanwhile, ban on English daily “ Kashmir Reader” continued since October 2.
The authorities had imposed ban on mobile internet and pre-paid mobile service on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag to curb rumours.
However, the ban evoked severe condemnation from professionals, students and media persons besides students and businessmen outside the state who could not contact their families.
Due to ban on pre-paid mobile service the private companies suffered loss of hundreds of crores of rupees and people opted BSNL post paid. The private Cellular companies also closed most of their offices, terminating the services of their employees.
After severe criticism and protests, authorities finally restored incoming facility of pre paid.
However, the authorities announced restoration of pre paid mobile service of all companies, much to the relief of majority common consumers who donot have the post paid facility.
The mobile internet of all companies, including BSNL remained suspended in the valley badly affecting professionals, students besides journalists who had to file their stories from their offices, having broadband or private internet fixed line facilities.
During the Ed-ul-Azha even broadband and private fixed line internet service had also been suspended for about a week, badly affecting media persons, representing national and international media. However, broadband and private fixed line internet were restored but mobile internet remained banned.
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