Defence min seeks ban on mobile internet in J&K

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 12 2014, 10:01am hrs
To cripple the misuse of mobile phone services by terrorists, the Defence ministry has asked the department of telecom (DoT) to selectively ban mobile Internet in some places considered 'hot spots' in Jammu and Kashmir.

The ministry has raised an alarm about terrorists making phone calls using mobile Internet and asked DoT to take up the matter with the home ministry and the National Technical Research Organisation for interception and selective banning of GPRS service in select terrorist hot spots within the legal ambit, sources said.

These communication services need to be denied in the affected areas for effective conduct of counter insurgency and terrorist operations, sources added.

The defence ministry also asked the DoT to exclude J&K from the proposed plan for full mobile number portability, which allows customers to retain their phone numbers in any part of the country even after changing operators.