Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday extended 4G internet ban in all but two districts till October 21, asserting that “it is absolutely necessary so to do in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India.”
As per an order issued by Shaleen Kabra (lAS), Principal Secretary to the Government Home department here, the directions were reviewed by the Review Committee.
“Inputs from the law enforcement agencies suggest that concerted efforts continue to be made by Pakistan, with the help of separatists/anti-national elements within the J-K to facilitate infiltration of (militants), which depends heavily on high speed internet as also propagate (militancy) by misuse of social media through circulation of provocative audio/video content, fake news, and coordination of (militant) activities, which too rely upon high speed mobile connectivity,” Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary Home Department said in an order.
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“During the last fortnight, there have been a number of (militant) incidents and recovery of huge cache of arms/ammunition, and, apprehending disruption to public order, with the larger aim of causing disaffection and discontent against the State, the mobile data services had to be completely suspended, though for limited durations, in some areas of the Kashmir Valley.”
He said that keeping in view, the situation requires close monitoring including in the districts of Ganderbal and Udhmapur.
Considering the position and reports of the law enforcement agencies, inter-alia bringing out the necessity of speed related restrictions on mobile data services to prevent its misuse, the Pricipal secretary ordered that directions issued on 8 September shall continue to remain in force till 21 October unless modified.
The order said the IGPs, Kashmir and Jammu, who are the authorized officers in their respective areas of jurisdiction, shall ensure communication of these directions to the service providers forthwith and their implementation in letter and spirit.