After shutting down the internet for three days in J&K, the state government has finally resumed the internet services on Monday.
The authorities had ordered a three-day termination of the internet, which includes broadband and mobile internet services, due to fear of trouble during Eid-ul-Azha. Initially slated to be for two days but was later extended to three days.
Residents came down heavily on the order of the State government which came at a time when PM Modi is batting for India’s digital transformation. Both mainstream and separatist parties slammed the ban.
Omar Abdullah, former CM, a day before it was enforced had reproduced the gag order on the social media, on Monday welcomed the resumption of services with the sarcastic remark, “Internet Mubarak”.
On Sunday, as the landline broadband services resumed around 8 pm, but the mobile data services were restored at 10 am Today.
“Oh, the irony of listening to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi lecturing about connected digital India while J&K spent three days totally disconnected due to his party and allies,” Abdullah wrote.
According to government officials, the step was being taken owing to “apprehension of misuse of data services by anti-national elements”.
The order signed by Javed Gillani, Kashmir Zone inspector general of police had said “internet use is likely to cause deterioration in law and order situation”.
The authorities were apprehensive that people might post-cow slaughter images on social media to defy the high court orders reiterating the ban on slaughter and sale of bovines in Jammu&Kashmir.