Mobile internet services restored in Kashmir Valley
Mobile Internet services were restored in the Kashmir valley on Friday evening, seven days after they were shut to prevent spread of rumours following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and his associate in an encounter with government forces in Tral region of south Kashmir.
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir snapped the mobile internet ( 2G, 3G and 4G) services on May 27 in Kashmir fearing law and order problems, especially after the killing of Bhat in the Tral encounter.
The Indian government had earlier on April 17 blocked access to 22 websites and applications, including Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter, as well as 3G and 4G data services in the restive part of the northern state.
The ban came in the wake of reports that these social networking sites were being "misused by anti-national and anti-social elements to create law and order disturbances" in Kashmir.
The ban had evoked widespread condemnation from within the state and beyond.
On May 11, United Nations experts had even urged the Indian Government to withdraw the ban on Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir and "reinstate" freedom of expression.