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Mobile phone services snapped since Aug 5 resumes in five Jammu districts

Jammu and Kashmir was put under virtual curfew on 5 August when the Modi government scrapped the Article 370 and split the state into two union territories.

SNS | New Delhi |

Mobile phone services that were snapped across Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, resumed in five districts of Jammu region.

The services have been restored in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch.

Jammu and Kashmir was put under virtual curfew on 5 August when the Modi government scrapped the Article 370 and split the state into two union territories.

Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines, were suspended in the early hours of August 5.

On August 17, more than 50,000 landline phones were made operational after services in 17 exchanges of the Kashmir Valley were restored after a period of about 12 days, as part of gradual easing of restrictions in a phased manner.

However, a few hours after relaxation, restrictions were re-imposed in certain areas of the Kashmir valley where incidents of stone-pelting at security forces were reported. The mobile internet service that was restored at low speed in Jammu was again suspended in a bid to prevent the spread of rumours by miscreants.

Authorities had said that the restrictions will continue till reassessment of the situation.

2G mobile internet service which was also restored in the five districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi were snapped again.

Earlier on Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had said that the administration would be opening mobile phone connectivity in Kupwara and Handwara districts of Kashmir soon as well as other districts.

The Governor further justified the imposition of severe restrictions saying that it was done to prevent any loss of life.

“The medium of phone and internet is used less by us and mostly by terrorists and Pakistanis as well as for mobilisation and indoctrination. It is a kind of weapon used against us and so we have stopped it. Services will be resumed gradually,” he said.

Meanwhile, 400 political leaders including former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah are still under house arrest since August 5.