Internet at receiving end

Whenever encounter between the security forces and militants takes place in any area of the Valley authorities block the internet services in the entire district.
Recently internet services were blocked in central Kashmir’s Budgam district and south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Pulwama districts in wake of two gunfights in these areas.
Authorities believe that rumours add fuel to the fire and fake or exaggerated news against the security forces and the administration triggers outrage which leads to the violence.
When government started blocking internet services initially in the Valley, people used to wait for the blockade to get over and as soona s the ban used to be lifted a plethora of posts, pictures and videos were shared on social media sites such as Whatsapp and Facebook about the developments which had taken place during the blockade period.
Earlier this week a teenage militant was killed in a gunfight with forces at Larnu Kokernag. Despite internet being blocked people staged a massive protest at the slain militant’s native village and one youth also lost his life in the forces action in Kulgam area. People from different areas reached the native village of the slain militant and attended his last rites. One wonders if internet was blocked and there were mo posts on social networking sites how come situation took an ugly turn.
The government would have to find some other justification for blocking internet services as theory that it stops news from spreading is not working. People of Kashmir initially used to react to e-curfew but now they have accepted it as part of life. Whenever the encounter breaks out in any area people know it very well the internet has been snapped and would return after two to three days.

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