he government on Friday extended ban on high-speed mobile Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir barring Ganderbal and Udhampur districts till February 06.
The Home Department in an order issued here said, “Whereas, considering that the UT of J&K is battling the menance of terrorism, aided and abetted from across the border, and in view of well founded apprehensions about dissemination of inflammatory and seditious propaganda material that has a direct bearing on public order, limited restrictions on high speed Internet mobile services have been placed whilst allowing adequate access to Internet through broadband services over landline.”
“Whereas, the reports of law enforcement agencies indicate that these restrictions have helped thwart the nefarious designs of the radical and terrorist organizations operating in the UT of J&K to misguide, provoke and incite the youth in furthering their anti-india agenda since regulation of high speed mobile Internet prevents easy steaming/dissemination/ downloading of such material) videos,” reads the order, a copy of which lies with Good Morning Kashmir.
“Now, therefore, upon assessment of impact of the directions for regulation of the telecom services on the overall security situation and maintain of public order, while keeping in view the available alternatives, I, Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department, being satisfied that it is absolutely necessary so to do, in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the Security of the State and for maintaining public order, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub section (2) of section 5 of Indian Telegraph Act, 1865 and sub rule (1) of rule 2 of the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017, hereby direct that access to Internet shall be restricted to 2G, execept in districts of Ganderbal and Udhampur.”
“The internet speed shall be continued to be restricted to 2G, except the districts of Ganderbal and Udhampur, where mobile internet connectivity shall be continued to be made available without any speed-related restrictions,” said a statement issued by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir,” the order stated.
Mobile internet services were suspended in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year, in view of security concerns in the region after Article 370 was abrogated by the Central government.
The Central government also bifurcated the former State into Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The new UTs came into being on October 31.