Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday extended the suspension of high-speed 3G and 4G internet services till December 25.
The ban will, however, exclude the two districts of Ganderbal and Udhampur where there are no such speed-related restrictions.
Referring to the recent snapping of internet services during polls, the government said that it was done “due to likelihood of misuse of the data services by the anti-national elements to disrupt the democratic process by creating a scare among the voters, carrying out attacks on security forces, targeting of contesting candidates and the workers.”
“In view of the credible inputs and as a matter of abundant caution, the access to internet had to be restricted on the day of poll in the areas going for polling,” reads an order by Principal Secretary to Home Department Shaleen Kabra.
“There have been continuous attempts to radicalize the youth through multiple methods, most importantly through videos using social media, which rely on high-speed internet for easy dissemination of such material,” the order reads, announcing an extension in the ban till December 25 in all districts barring Ganderbal and Udhampur.
The government said that on consideration of the overall security situation in J&K, it is “absolutely necessary” to continue with the speed-related restrictions on mobile data services in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India.