Internet and mobile phone services were suspended across Kashmir valley as a precautionary measure as part of the security drill on Independence Day today, officials said.

The mobile telephony services, including the Internet facility on the hand-held devices, have been suspended across the valley, the officials said.

Only BSNL landline service and its wired-internet facilities were working, they said.

“All other services across all network operators have been barred,” the officials said.

They said the services were suspended as a precautionary measure.

The step has been taken to avoid any untoward incident.

On Tuesday, a youth was thrashed by locals when he tried to unfurl the Tricolor at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk. He was whisked away to the Kothi Bagh police station as a group of Kashmiri youth retaliated by raising pro-Pakistan slogans.

The incident took place in the morning in the heart of Srinagar’s commercial hub. There was commotion as local youths and men of the J-K Police rushed towards the Ghanta Ghar in the middle of the Lal Chowk where a group of youths were displaying the national flag.

Policemen dragged the youth towards the picket near the Palladium cinema while some miscreants pounced at him and beat him up.

The miscreants raised slogans in favour of terrorist Zakir Musa who is chief of Al Qaeda-linked group Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind and was seeking Islamisation of J-K.

Later, CRPF personnel dispersed the unruly mob that surrounded the police picket.

(With agency inputs)