Srinagar: The authorities Saturday decided to snap internet service across Valley from February 9 to 11 fearing that the social networking websites might be used to organize anti-India protests during the anniversaries of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder, Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru
If sources are to be believed, the decision in this regard was taken in high level meetings chaired by senior police officers in the twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar. The meetings discussed the security measures that need to be put in place to prevent any law and order problem during the anniversaries of Bhat and Guru. The meetings also decided to snap the internet service for the next three days in view of the ‘growing anger’ of the people over the social networking websites Face book and Twitter on the anniversary of Bhat and Guru.
“The internet will be snapped around 5:30 am Sunday for the next three days. However, the mobile service will remain unaffected,” sources said, adding “Directions have been passed to cellular operators in advance. They have been asked to shut down the internet service,” sources said.
The security agencies, sources said, have closely been gauging the mood of public on the social networking websites. The content uploaded on many anti-India and pro-Kashmir pages was being analyzed by the agencies as part of their new strategy.
“The anger and frustration among people is more visible in the cyber world than the ground zero. And internet surveillance is the best strategy in these circumstances,” sources added.
A senior official of a leading telecom company said “As per the directions received from IG, Kashmir, 2G and 3G data services will be suspended from February 8 from 23:55 pm onwards till further orders,”
Last week, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani called for a three-day shutdown to press for return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru.
“Kashmiris will not rest until the Government of India returns the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru,” Geelani had said.