Mobile Internet Ban Likely To Be Rolled Back Soon

SRINAGAR:Authorities are likely to restore mobile internet services in Kashmir within next two days, said sources.

The services were snapped on July 8, evening, soon after the killing of young militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with government forces in South Kashmir’s Kokernag area.

“With the improvement of situation across the Kashmir, the mobile internet services would be restored in Kashmir on October 25 or October 26,” sources said.

They said that the authorities are taking assessment of the situation. “The situation across the Kashmir is by and large peaceful. The final call to restore services will be taken on shortly,” they said.

On October 14, prepaid mobile phone services were restored across Kashmir after remaining suspended for 98 days. However, mobile Internet services continued to remain suspended.

Sources said that orders to restore mobile internet services will be communicated to all service providers in evening with the directions to resume this service from mid-night.

The prepaid mobile services were snapped across Kashmir on July 8 evening, soon after the killing of young militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with government forces.

Mobile Internet services were snapped the same evening across the valley. However, services were not suspended on State-run BSNL phones.

Same evening, postpaid mobile services were also snapped in south Kashmir.

Similarly, postpaid services were snapped in north Kashmir on July 11 and central Kashmir on July 15.

On July 16, landline services were suspended in Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara in north Kashmir.

While postpaid mobile services were restored on July 26, the prepaid were restored a day after but outgoing call facility continued to remain barred.

On August 11, again, mobile services were snapped across Kashmir, except BSNL postpaid.

On August 13, postpaid services were restored but broadband services were snapped. A day after, postpaid services, except BSNL, were again snapped.

On September 14, broadband services were snapped again. They were resumed after four days, on September 19.

On October 14, in an official statement, police said: “With the improvement in the situation prepaid mobile services are being restored from tonight.”

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