Srinagar, Aug 13: Mobile internet, broadband & Wi-Fi services have been banned in Kashmir in view of upcoming Indian Independence Day. Government had received inputs that the radicalized youth of the Valley would use internet and social media to galvanize the protesters to assemble and stage massive demonstrations against India on the Independence Day. The internet services would remain snapped till August 15 at least. Outgoing call from private telecom operators have also been blocked. Only state-owned BSNL post-paid services are active. The ban has been imposed barely 12 hours after it was uplifted. Unlike the previous blockage of internet, this time the government has decided to also shut down broadband services.
The fresh ban on mobile, internet, broadband & Wi-Fi services comes amid the ongoing curfew imposed in the state. This is the 35th day of the curfew, which was imposed in the aftermath of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s death. Despite the state being paralysed due to the long term curfew, the protests have not been curtailed. In various regions of South Kashmir, processions are being taken out with slogans of ‘Go India, Go Back’.
Independence Day in India is observed on August 15. However, massive demonstrations are seen on this day in Kashmir Valley, where secessionist groups have portrayed India as the oppressor of the region, who has not committed to the promises made by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at United Nations convention of 1948. Over the years, the separatists have urged people to observe August 15 as a black day since India has not allowed them to decide their political fate.