Low speed internet in S Kashmir partially restored

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 7/12/2018 12:15:13 PM

Students, traders fume over of frequent shutdown of facility

ANANTNAG, Jul 11: Even as the authorities Wednesday restored low speed 2G internet services in southern Anantnag and Pulwama districts after five days, the neighbouring Kulgam and Shopian districts continue to face the shutdown of both low and high speed internet services leaving the people particularly students and businessmen fuming.
The mobile internet services were shut in twin districts on July 7 after the army shot dead three civilians in Hawoora village of Khudwani in Kulgam district. Scores of businessmen and students preparing for various competitive exams spoke to Kashmir Times and expressed dismay over the continuous shutdown of internet services.
"Shutting mobile internet services after any incident has become a routine for the authorities. In case of gunfights authorities as a measure to maintain law and order can shut the services for a day when the emotions run high over the killings. But irony is that they shut the services for days together making the people suffer," said a group of students who are preparing for different competitive exams. A student Adil Hussain said that frequent suspension of internet services makes it difficult for them to prepare for exams.
"I am right now preparing for two exams and I have to gather lot of information and content from the Google. But the shutting of internet services frequently leaves me paralysed," Hussain said.
The businessmen from various major township of south Kashmir also fume over the frequent internet shutdowns.
"After every incident we are deprived of mobile internet service for several days. I run a travel agency and my business completely depends on availability of internet. Due to breakdown of internet services I suffer huge losses. Denying us access to internet is a violation of our rights," said Arif, a travel operator.
Another trader, Arif, running a Dish TV recharge counter said that the authorities are making their businesses suffer by snapping internet services.
"On July 7 an incident happened in Kulgam district but the authorities snapped the internet facility in Anantnag district as well and restored low speed 2G internet after five days today. 4G services are yet to be restored. You cannot imagine how the shutting of internet facility tells upon my business," Arif said.
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