Mobile internet services restored in Jammu after 17 days

By: | Updated: July 26, 2016 1:35 AM

Mobile internet services were finally restored in Jammu today after 15 days. The services were snapped after protests erupted in Kashmir over the encounter of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani by security forces on July 8.

Life in Jammu and Kashmir has been paralysed since July 9, a day after the Hizbul Mujahideen commander was killed in an encounter with security forces. (Reuters)Mobile internet services were finally restored in Jammu today after 17 days. (Reuters/file)

Mobile internet services were finally restored in Jammu today after 15 days. The services were snapped after protests erupted in Kashmir over the encounter of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani by security forces on July 8. “Yes we have ordered to restore mobile Internet services across Jammu,” PTI quoted Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Simrandeep Singh as saying. The orders have been issued to restore mobile Internet services with immediate effect, he said.

Business community, students as well as the general public of the region were severely hit as mobile internet services were suspended. Several business transactions using credit cards and debit cards could not be completed. The internet users of the area alleged that snapping of mobile internet services was not justified as Jammu remained peaceful after the death of Hizbul commander.”We are using swipe machines that are connected through GPRS but after the mobile Internet services were snapped, the business has suffered huge losses as we are not able to use those machines,” PTI reported Pawan Kumar, who runs a grocery store in Jammu as saying.

However, the mobile internet services in Kashmir continue to be snapped due to the prevailing tension in the valley. In Kashmir, the continuing ban on mobile  internet services has hit everyone including migrant workers and security forces as they can’t contact their homes. In the protests following Wani’s killing, as many as 47 people, including a few security personnel, have been killed and hundreds of others injured.

Wani and his two accomplices were killed by security forces in an encounter in Kokernag area of Kashmir on July 8. Death of the social media savvy terrorist and son of a schoolmaster sparked a widespread protests in the valley. Wani was accused of brainwashing youngsters to take up arms against India.

Earlier, mobile internet services were snapped in Jammu after protests over alleged desecration of two temples by some miscreants erupted. The services were restored on June 18 after the return of the normalcy.

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