Mobile phone restoration counterproductive, militants became active again: Governor

Srinagar: Holding restoration of postpaid mobile phone service responsible for recent militancy-related incidents, Governor Satya Pal Malik Thursday hinted that the services may be snapped again, local news agency CNS reported.
Referring to recent killings of non-local truck driver and trader in Shopian, Malik said, “Restoration of mobile service has proven counterproductive, as militants have again been able to communicate with their masters across the border and to receive directives from them”.
“The lives of people are more important to us than keeping the mobile service working,” he added.
The Governor’s statement comes four days after the government restored postpaid mobile phone services in the valley. It has created apprehensions that the administration may shut down the service again, even as, telecom companies have collected crores in revenue as rentals from subscribers in the last four days.
Governor also came down heavily on media claiming that journalists were blowing the situation in Kashmir out of proportion.
“I belong to Bihar, where many people die every day, but life goes on,” Malik said.
“In cities like Aligarh and Patna five to six unnatural deaths occur every day, which go unreported, but in Kashmir one death gets media attention for days together.”

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