Srinagar, Feb 17: Mobile internet of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has been blocked in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours.
However, BSNL Broadband and point-to-point internet service of private companies, was functioning though with low speed. The suspension of mobile internet has badly hit the students, doctors and other professionals besides media persons.
The Airtel informed its subscribers in Kashmir, including Srinagar, that “As per a government order, the internet service in your area has been temporarily blocked.' However, no time was given when the internet service will be resumed. Similarly, mobile internet service of all other Cellular companies, including official service provider BSNL, has also been suspended in the valley, where a shutdown was being observed on traders call in protest against attack on Kashmiris in Jammu and other parts of the country after the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeen attack on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in Pulwama on Thursday in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred.
The step to suspend mobile internet service has been suspended to prevent rumours on social media. Police has also requested time and again people not to need rumours on social media.
However, students and professionals were the worst hit due to suspension of the internet. Traders, who are also doing their business with outside the valley traders on internet, alleged that they are suffering huge losses due to suspension of mobile internet.The media persons were also hit as they failed to file their reports. ( UNI )