People continue to suffer due to internet gag since Aug 5

Kashmir Times. Dated: 1/21/2020 1:06:15 AM

SRINAGAR, Jan 20 (Agencies): People, including professionals, Doctors and media persons besides students continued to suffer due to suspension of internet service since August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35A and dividing the state into two Union Territories (UT).
Meanwhile, there was still no relief for three former Chief Ministers other leaders who remained under detention in the valley since August 5.
However, over two dozen former legislators and ministers besides other leaders were released after they gave undertaking that they will not raise the issue of special status of the state. Several leaders of different political parties, including National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) after their release met Lt Governor G C Murmu and foreign delegations who visited the valley recently. PDP expelled a number of leaders for their meeting with Murmu and foreign delegations.
The internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 in the Kashmir valley, badly hitting professionals, Doctors, Media persons and students.
Even though government restored broadband service in hospitals early this month, but only administrators of these hospitals have access to the service. Doctors too have no access the broadband service in the hospitals.
However, pre-paid mobile service has also been restored in the valley recently. Government also restored 2G service on postpaid internet service in frontier district of Kupwara and another north Kashmir district of Bandipora. Restoration of pre-paid mobile in Kashmir and 2G internet service in Kupwara and Ganderbal followed direction by Supreme Court to review ban on internet and prepaid service in Kashmir.
Media persons continued to file their stories from Information Department where a facilitation centre has been set up for them. However, they had to wait for hours to finally get their turn to file stories.
Meanwhile, three ex-CMs Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti remained under detention since August 5. Dr Abdullah, who is MP from Srinagar constituency, has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA). The number of other leaders, including chairman of Peoples Conference (PC) Sajjad Gani Lone and former IAS officer turned politician Dr Shah Faesal also remained under detention. Interestingly, Lone was a minister in the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Mehbooba from saffron quota.



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