Srinagar: Mobile Internet services were restored in the Kashmir valley on Friday evening, seven days after they were shut to prevent spread of rumours following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and his associate in an encounter with government forces in Tral region of south Kashmir.
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir earlier on May 27 snapped the mobile internet ( 2G, 3G and 4G) services in Kashmir fearing law and order problems, especially after the killing of Bhat in Tral encounter.
It has not even been 24 hours since the social media sites and applications including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter were restored in the Kashmir Valley.
A fresh surge of violence had hit the Valley after self-styled successor of dead Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in the Tral region of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
According to reports, Wani’s successor, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, was gunned down in an encounter in Saimu Village. The Indian Government earlier on April 17 blocked access to 22 websites and applications, including Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter, as well as 3G and 4G data services in the restive part of the northern state.
The ban came in the wake of reports that these social networking sites were being “misused by anti-national and anti-social elements to create law and order disturbances” in Kashmir.
The ban had evoked widespread condemnation within the state and beyond.
On May 11, United Nations experts had even urged the Indian Government to withdraw the ban on Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir and “reinstate” freedom of expression.
Meanwhile, two terrorists have been gunned down, as security forces have launched a major operation to smoke out the remaining terrorist from his hideout in Tral sector.
The entire area has been cordoned off and a major counter-operation is underway.