‘No adverse fallout in Ganderbal, Udhampur’
Srinagar, Oct 1: Demanding restoration of 4G internet service in entire Jammu and Kashmir, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said there was no adverse fallout in Udhampur and Ganderbal where the service was resumed on August 16,2020.
The government extended the ban on high speed 4G internet service in the Jammu and Kashmir till October 21. However, the 4G service will remain available in Udhampur and Ganderbal districts.
Reacting to extension of ban on the high speed internet till October 21, Omar tweeted, “ Has there been any adverse fallout in Udhampur or Ganderbal after 4G connectivity was restored? If the security parameters have remained the same & not worsened then 4G should be restored across entire J&K. 4G was alleged to be linked to increased anti-India propaganda”.
On August 16, 4G high speed internet service was restored in Udhampur in Jammu and Ganderbal in Kashmir.
Principal Secretary Home department Shaleen Kabra in an order issued on Wednesday evening extending the ban on 4G internet said that inputs from the law enforcement agencies suggest that concerted efforts continue to be made by Pakistan, with the help of separatists and anti-national elements within the J&K to facilitate infiltration of militants, which depends heavily on high speed internet. It will also be used to propagate militancy by misuse of social media through circulation of provocative audio and video content, fake news, and coordination of militant activities, which too rely upon high speed mobile connectivity, the order said.
All communication network, including landlines, of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), were suspended on August 5, 2019 when Article 370 was abrogated and J&K split into two Union Territories.
Later landline and 2 G internet service was resumed in a phased manner in Kashmir after a number of petitions were filed in the Supreme Court.