Mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region – Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathu, and Udhampur this morning , after 12 days of restrictions. While the Jammu region has got some relief, the communication blackout in Kashmir valley continues.
Mobile internet services had been suspended in Jammu and Kashmir on April 5, ahead of the Centre abrogating Article 370 which gave special status to the state. The government also split the state into two union territories.
Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam announced yesterday that telecom connectivity would gradually be restored in a phased manner. He said the government has to keep in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist organisations using mobile connectivity to organise terror attacks. Most lines would be functioning before the weekend is over, he added.
However, a heavy deployment of security forces continue across Kashmir valley. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik, had directed all government offices to resume normal functioning.