Srinagar: Mobile internet of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), was suspended on Thursday as a precautionary measure in Srinagar and adjoining Budgam district.
The services were suspended as a precautionary measure following the killing of a civilian in security force firing during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the downtown area.
In Budgam, the mobile internet was suspended following the killing of two militants in an encounter after the security forces launched a CASO in village Panzan.
However, the broadband internet service of BSNL and point to point service of other providers were functioning normally though with a very slow speed.
The authorities have directed all cellular companies to suspend 3G, 4G and 2G mobile internet services till further orders in Srinagar and Budgam to prevent the spread of any rumour on social media. But, the suspension of the facility has led to more rumours in the city, where protests are being reported at many places against the civilian killing.
Meanwhile, a week-long mobile internet curb has badly affected students and traders in south Kashmir, where people have appealed to the government to restore the same.
This is not the first time that mobile internet has been suspended as a precautionary measure in Kashmir valley. Authorities have in the past also suspended internet, particularly mobile internet, claiming that the social media is being used to instigate protests and create law and order problems.