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Continuous internet gag in Shopian hits traders
ANANTNAG, May 16: The continuous shutdown of internet services in southern Shopian district from last sixteen days is badly affecting the traders and students of the district.

Though the authorities on Wednesday afternoon had restored 2G internet services in the district but were again snapped within one hour after the gunshots were heard in Jamnagri area of the district followed by clashes.

The internet service in the district was first snapped on April 30 after the two militants including Sameer Tiger were killed in an encounter in Drobgam village of Pulwama.

Local said that five days later the services were restored for some hours but were snapped again on May 7 in the entire south Kashmir region after the five top militant commanders including Sadam Paddar and a university professor Dr Rafiq were killed in a gun battle in a village in the district.

Though the services were restored in other three districts of the region after four days but in Shopian, locals said, internet continues to be shut.

It was only after some local dailies and portals highlighted the internet gag in the district from last couple of days, the authorities, according to locals, had restored 2G services today. However, much to the surprise of locals, the internet service was again snapped in the evening. The internet gag in the district, locals said, has affected the traders and students badly.

A local Jahangir Ahmad said that the shutting down of internet has made it difficult for him to prepare for various examinations. "Other students equally suffer," he said.

A trader wishing anonymity said that his business has been badly affected due to continuous internet gag.

News Updated at : Thursday, May 17, 2018
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