Mobile Internet Suspended in Kashmir as Precautionary Measure After Yasin Malik’s Sentencing

Mobile internet service in Kashmir has been suspended as a precaution after a court sentenced separatist leader Yasin Malik to life imprisonment in a terrorism financing case on Wednesday, officials said.

They said mobile internet has been suspended across all network service providers in the valley.

However, officials said internet services operate on fixed lines, including fiber and broadband.

Officials said the decision to suspend mobile internet was taken as a precautionary measure after Malik was sentenced by a court in Delhi.

Last month, the Punjab government also suspended mobile internet and SMS services, except for voice calls, in Patiala district, a day after two groups clashed during an anti-Khalestan rally that left four injured.

The order to stop services was issued by the Ministry of Interior and Justice, and heavy security was deployed at the site of the clashes outside the Kali Mata temple in Patiala.

“In the exercise of the authority granted to me under the Rules for Temporary Suspension of Communication Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety), 2017, Anurag Verma, Principal Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice, hereby order the suspension of mobile internet services (2G/3G/45/CDMA) ), all SMS services and all dongle services etc. provided on mobile networks except for voice calls in the Patiala District Jurisdiction from 9:30 AM to 6 PM on 30th April,” the request read.

Four people were injured when the two groups clashed and stones were thrown at each other in May and police fired in the air to bring the situation under control.

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