SRINAGAR: Authorities late Tuesday evening restored Internet data services in capital city Srinagar after three days, while mobile Internet services continue to remain suspended in southern Kashmir districts for the third consecutive day.
Mobile Internet services in Srinagar were suspended by the government on Saturday after a gunfight erupted in Chattabal area of the capital city.
Three militants were killed in the gunfight that lasted for several hours.
Among those killed were Fayaz Ahmed Hamaal of Khankah-e-Moula and Showkat Ahamd Tak of Panzgam, Awantipora.
The third militant killed in the gunfight was believed to be a Pakistani.
Mobile Internet services were suspended in southern Kashmir districts – including Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama – following a gunfight in Badigam village of Shopian district Sunday morning.
Five militants including top Hizb commander and the last surviving militant of the Burhan Wani group, Sadam Padder, and Kashmir University professor Dr Muhammad Rafi Bhat were killed in the gunfight.
For the last three years, the government has regularly resorted to snapping mobile Internet services in areas where gunfights take place.
However no government official or any police officer has ever conceded to the snapping of Internet services.
The measure of snapping mobile Internet services around gunfight sites, according to several media reports, has been tagged to the mobilization of civilian protesters around the sites and the “law and order” problem that follows the killing of militants and civilians.