No Internet For 40 Hours As Govt Orders Blockade

24 September 2015
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: All internet services shall remain suspended in Kashmir for at least 40 hours on Eid-ul-Adha, officials said Thursday. A letter written by Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, SMJ Gillani to service providers in the Valley reads: 'In view of the apprehension of misuse of Data services (GPRS-2G-3G) by anti-national elements, which is likely to cause deterioration in Law and order situation, you are requested to complete snap down (sic) the data services through GPRS-2G-3G and Broadband in Kashmir Valley starting from 25.09.2015 (5 am) to 26.09.2015 (10 pm).' This is for the first time that Broadband services have been added to the list of services to be blocked on account of 'law and order apprehensions.' According to police officials, the decision to snap internet services on Eid was taken to 'ensure that people don't upload pictures of bovine slaughtering' on networking sites like Facebook and Whatsapp, especially in the wake of a controversy triggered by an order banning sale of beef across J&K. Meanwhile, police sources told Greater Kashmir that curfew-like restrictions shall remain in place in Lal Chowk area while 'thick deployment of forces' shall be made in Eidgah area to prevent any protests and clashes.