Several city centers still subject to mobile internet shutdown – Kashmir Reader

Srinagar: More than four months have passed since mobile internet began to be suspended daily in many parts of downtown Srinagar, and people are still deprived of these services.
The areas include many localities of Rainawari, Safa Kadal, Nowhatta and others. Internet is closed around 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon and later services resume after 9:00 p.m.
“The shutdown mainly affects Airtel and Vodafone (Vi) services. Sometimes Jio services are running, but they are still largely affected,” said Ishafaq Ahmad, a resident of Rainawari.
This started happening in October last year after a series of killings of people from minority communities. Police first made a massive seizure of two-wheelers in Srinagar and then shut down the internet during the day, twice a day. Later, many domains were removed from the internet shutdown list, but there are still many left.
Internet services, initially, remained suspended in the area from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on a regular basis. Now they are closed for more than six hours straight.
Officials admitted the disruption was happening and said the move was necessitated by the recent spate of targeted killings in Kashmir.
Rakesh Balwal, SSP Srinagar, told Kashmir Reader on Sunday that he would look into the matter.
“I’ll check,” he said.
The inhabitants of the affected areas have appealed to the administration to stop the cuts for the greater good of the population.

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