Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday extended the ban on high-speed internet services in all but two (Ganderbal and Udhampur) districts of Jammu and Kashmir, arguing that the “large scale voter turnout” in the recently concluded District Development Council (DDC) polls has not “gone down well with the elements inimical to public peace and tranquillity”.
“The successful conduct of the recently concluded Panchayat elections which witnessed participation by political parties across the spectrum and large scale turnout has not gone down well with elements inimical to public peace and tranquillity as apparent from the multiple incidents of hurling of grenades by the terrorists since the conclusion of the elections, targeting the civilians, police personnel/security forces the encounter with the security forces,” reads an order issued by the J&K Home Department.
The government said that there are credible inputs have been received about the presence of a large number of militants “who are trying to infiltrate from across the border, as also evident from multiple instances of heavy firing/shelling on the International Border/Line of Control to facilitate the same.”
It said the restrictions on high-speed mobile internet connectivity have acted as an impediment to such attempts.
Subsequently, the government has ordered extension in the ban on high-speed internet in all but two (Ganderbal and Udhampur) district of J&K till January 8, 2021.