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Mobile phone services suspended yet again in Kashmir

Authorities have suspended mobile phone services in Kashmir to prevent spread of rumors.

  • Published: July 15, 2016 9:07 AM IST
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The authorities on Thursday evening suspended all mobile phone services throughout the Kashmir Valley without any notice. The subscribers of different mobile phone companies suddenly found their mobile devices unusable to communicate with anyone. The reason behind this move, authorities say, is to prevent spread of rumors and misinformation by the anti-social elements. Also Read - Lava sees silver lining in sub-10K smartphone segment

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The authorities have also announced that curfew has been imposed in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley and it shall remain enforced till further orders. The curfew has been imposed to prevent large scale violence as large Friday prayer congregation are held each Friday. Also Read - 4G steered 82% of Indian mobile data consumption in 2017

For the last many months, the valley has been witnessing stone pelting by youth immediately after Friday prayers conclude. This isn’t the first time mobile phone or mobile internet services have been suspended in the Jammu & Kashmir valley.

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The situation has been tense in the valley after the killing of wanted guerilla Burhan Wani. Separatists including the hardline Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Asiya Andrabi, the radical chief of women s separatist outfit, have called for a valley-wide shutdown to protest Wani s killing. One of the methods used by the government is to shutdown mobile phone services, which can otherwise be used to spread rumors or false news.

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  • Published Date: July 15, 2016 9:07 AM IST



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