Selective ban on mobile Internet in JK?

New Delhi: To cripple the misuse of mobile phone services by militants, the Defence Ministry has asked the Department of Telecom to selectively ban mobile Internet in some places considered ‘hot spots’ in Jammu and Kashmir.
The ministry has raised an alarm about militants making phone calls using mobile Internet and asked DoT to take up the matter with the Home Ministry and the National Technical Research Organisation “for interception and selective banning of GPRS service in select militant hot spots within the legal ambit,” sources said.
These “communication services” need to be “denied” in the affected areas for effective conduct of counter insurgency operations, official sources added.
The ministry also asked the DoT to exclude J&K from the proposed plan for full mobile number portability, which allows customers to retain their phone numbers in any part of the country even after changing operators.— PTI

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