Restoration Of Mobile Phones Led To Fresh Killings: Guv

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik – File Pic

SRINAGAR -Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, on Thursday blamed restoration of postpaid mobile service for recent killing of a truck driver from Rajasthan, trader from Punjab and non-local labourer in South Kashmir.

The statement from the governor comes barely four days after the postpaid mobile service was restored in the valley, which along with prepaid mobile and internet services, remained shut for over 71 days  after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A of Indian constitution on 5th August 2019.

“Restoration of mobile service has proven counterproductive, as militants have again been able to communicate with their masters across the border and to receive directives from them,” Governor said while to media persons here. He also came down heavily on media and said that journalists are blowing the situation in Kashmir out of proportion.

“The lives of people are more important to us than keeping the mobile service working,” he said, adding, “Those who are behind these violent incidents, we will chase them,  in whatever corner, they are hiding and finish them off within fifteen days.”

The statement of governor indicates that administration may shut down postpaid mobile service again in valley, which was restored on 14th October, 2019, after a 72 day long bar, while internet and prepaid mobile service continued to remain suspended.

Pertinently in last four days various service providers have collected crores of rupees from subscribers in the shape of rental and subscription.

Governor Satya Pal Malik also accused media of giving unnecessary hype to the events and said that media was blowing the situation in valley out of proportion.

“I belong to Bihar, where many people die every day, but life goes on.”

While urging upon journalists to be responsible and sensitive while reporting, Malik said, “In cities like Aligarh and Patna five to six unnatural deaths occur every day, which go unreported, but in Kashmir one death gets media attention for days together.”

He urged upon media to desist from giving unnecessary hype to the events in valley and also give space to the positive developments happening in the state. (With inputs from agencies)



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