More than 15 days after being suspended, mobile internet services have now been restored in Jammu region.
The ban was imposed in the wake of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani during an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir on July 8.
“Yes we have ordered to restore mobile Internet services across Jammu,” Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Simrandeep Singh was quoted by PTI.
The orders have been issued to restore mobile Internet services with immediate effect, he said.
Fearing a backlash in Jammu region after the start of unrest in Kashmir, the authorities decided to snap mobile Internet services across 10 districts of the region.
Complaining that the industry was suffering huge damages due to the ban on mobile Internet services, the Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu had demanded immediate restoration of the services.
“The Internet services should be restored without any further delay…,” CCI Jammu chief, Rakesh Gupta had written to the state government.
A college student said, “Students mostly rely on mobile Internet for their studies, to find reference. But due to ban on such services for the last 17 days our studies were badly hampered.
The valley has been facing unrest since the killing of Wani. The 22-year-old Internet-savvy Kashmiri militant was reportedly a resident of Dadsara village in south Kashmir’s Tral area. He had left home in 2010-days before he was to take the Class 10 examination to join the region’s front-line indigenous militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
He soon rose to become its district commander and figured in the list of most wanted militants.
Wani featured in videos circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp aimed at recruiting young Kashmiri men for terror.
Last month, Wani released a video warning of attacks on separate colonies for Sainiks and Kashmiri Pandits if they are set up in the Valley.