Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday extended 4G internet ban in all but two districts till September 30, asserting that “it is absolutely necessary to do so in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India.”
In pursuance of the recommendations by the Special Committee in its meeting dated August 10 for considering calibrated casing of restrictions in limited and “comparatively less sensitive geographical areas” the government ordered restoration of high speed mobile data services in Ganderbal and Udhampur on trial basis while in rest of the districts, the speed was directed to continue to be restricted to 2G only.
As per an order issued by Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary to the Government Home department, the directions were reviewed by the Review Committee on August 21 and September 01.
“The Committee, while taking note of the assessment made by the law enforcement agencies that no reports of misuse of high speed internet services in the Districts of Ganderbal and Udhampur had been reported, observed that the situation needed to be monitored closely,” the order said, copy of which lies with Global News Service, adding, “The law enforcement agencies have furnished credible inputs that the militant modules operating in various parts of J&K, with active support from across the border as well as separatists/anti-national elements from within, are making sustained efforts to provoke sentiments of the gullible youth and lure them into militant organizations to fill the vacuum created by the killing of many militants.”
Also, it said, the agencies have reported infiltration attempts by militants along the LoC and the International Border, and apprehension of facilitation of these attempts if high speed mobile data services are restored.
The order said that they have also indicated ‘potential of misuse of high speed data services in disturbing public order.’ GNS
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