Srinagar: Suspension of internet services in Kashmir was ordered by the government a day ahead of Eid, ostensibly to prevent people from uploading and sharing images of bovine sacrifice on social media, in the backdrop of the controversial ‘beef ban’. The police has instructed telecom operators to snap all internet service “from 25 September 0500 hours to 26 September 2200 hours”.
Most of the pro-freedom leadership was also put under house arrest.
An official said the internet ban was clamped to “prevent” people from upload such images on social media, since this could potentially incite communal tensions in the state.
Inspector General of police Kashmir Javid Mujtaba Gilani cited “law and order” issues for the internet ban on Eid. “Yes, we have decided to block internet services from Friday morning to maintain law and order,” Gilani told Kashmir Reader.
The police also intensified efforts to prevent slaughter of bovines in the Valley by seizing a vehicle carrying six bovine animals in Karan Nagar on Thursday. General Secretary of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat Nahida Nasreen claimed the animals were meant for her organisation and were to be sacrificed on Eid. The vehicle carrying the animals was seized and its driver was detained by the police, she said.