Kashmir: Prepaid mobile data services restored

The decision to restore the services was taken in view of the improving situation in the valley.

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Srinagar, Jan 31: Internet services on prepaid mobile connections in Kashmir Valley have been restored after remaining suspended for more than six months due to violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani by security forces.

Data services on prepaid mobile telephony were restored on the midnight intervening Monday and Tuesday, a police official said.

File photo of Kashmir unrest

He said the decision to restore the services was taken in view of the improvement in the situation in the valley.

Mobile internet services on both prepaid as well as postpaid connections were suspended days after Wani was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on July 8.

The services were snapped across the Valley to maintain law and order and to prevent rumour mongering. Internet facility on postpaid mobile connections was restored on November 18 last year.

The Kashmir Valleysaw violent protests last year following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by the security forces in July, 2016.Such was the situation that valley remained under 53 days of consecutive curfew, with the government having to rush in additional forces to contain the agitation.

[Flashback 2016: How the Kashmir unrest unfolded

The unrest, which went on for months, resulted in the deaths of more than 85 civilians and left over 13,000 injured.

PTI

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