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3G, 4G internet services suspended in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, Apr 17: Following massive protests by students today against the police and security forces action against Pulwama college students, the 3G and 4G internet services were suspended across the Valley this evening.

The internet services were operating normally till this afternoon. But as the number of protesting students swelled on the streets and roads amid intense clashes, the 3G and 4G services were stopped. The mobile internet services were restored only few days back after remaining suspended for about a week. Even the broadband services were snapped for some days in view of polling for Srinagar parliamentary constituency and subsequent clashes which led to killing of eight protestors in security forces firing.

Reports said that police today directed the telecom companies to shut their 3G and 4G services in the Kashmir Valley “as the state authorities feel there has been an attempt to spread fear and show security personnel in a bad light through online videos.”

Police has directed the telecom companies to shut their 3G and 4G services in the Valley, official sources said.

The decision was taken after several videos surfaced in recent days, some showing local politicians being threatened by militants in various parts of the Valley and others which showed alleged atrocities by Army, police, CRPF or other para-military forces deputed for Parliamentary bye-elections.

Officials said that it appears that such videos were being circulated with an aim to create fear among people or show the security personnel in poor light.

Controversy peaked when a video showing a man tied to an army jeep in Budgam district of central Kashmir on April 9 surfaced when polling was underway for the Srinagar Parliamentary by-poll.

A case has been registered against unknown army personnel for the alleged act which received wide criticism.

There were videos showing traders and political leaders in Pulwama of South Kashmir being threatened by militants at gun point.

“Such videos are only aimed at creating scare in general public,” a senior police official said.

Internet services had been barred in the Valley keeping in view the sensitive Srinagar by-poll and were restored on April 13.

News Updated at : Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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