Internet Services Restored in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar: As the state government clamped three day ban on internets services fearing trouble during Eid-ul-Juha in the valley ended on Monday, internet services have been fully restored in Jammu and Kashmir.

While landline broadband services in the state resumed at 8pm Sunday night, mobile data services were restored at 10am on Monday.

“The ban on Internet has been revoked in the state and all service providers have been asked to resume their data services,” a police officer said here.

The Internet services were snapped in the state at 5 AM on Friday last as the authorities apprehended misuse by anti-social elements.

The ban was to remain effective till 10 PM on Saturday. However, it was extended first till 2 PM on Sunday and then till 8 PM on Sunday in case of landline broadband and 10 AM on Monday in case of mobile Internet.

The measure was taken because of apprehension of communal tension in the backdrop of the High Court directive for implementation of an old law that bans slaughter and selling of beef.

Terming the ban as “interference in religious affairs”, some separatist and religious groups had said they would defy the court order.

The step by the authorities was aimed at thwarting the designs of elements who may violate the court order and, as a mark of protest, post the pictures or videos on social media that may spark communal tension.

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