December 2019 News

People Continue To Suffer Due To Suspension Of Internet

26 December 2019
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: People, mostly students, professionals, traders and media persons, continue to suffer due to suspension of internet service in Kashmir valley since August 5, when the Centre scrapped Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories (UTs). There was also no relief for leaders of different mainstream political parties, including three former Chief Ministers, who remained under detention since August 5. Majority additional Central Paramilitary Force (CPMF) rushed from different parts of the country about a week before the scrapping of special status of the state, have now left the Kashmir valley. However, large number of security forces and police personnel remained deployed at sensitive places, including civil lines, to maintain law and order. Life has returned to normal with all shops and business establishments functioning and traffic is plying normally on all routes in the valley, where spontaneous strike crippled life for over three months. The pre-paid mobile and Internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), also remained suspended, badly hitting student, media persons besides doctors and other professionals. The leaders detained, included three former Chief Ministers-Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti-ex-legislators and ex-ministers. Large number of separatist leaders are also under detention in and outside the UT jails. However, chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq are under house arrest in the valley.