Mobile Internet services were suspended in Jammu region on Friday after pro-freedom protests and escalating tension over Kashmir civilian killings in Chenab valley region of the state.
"Ten days after the restoration of mobile internet services in Jammu region, the facility to mobile phone and internet data card users was suspended again on Friday morning," reported The Indian Express.
The measure, it said, was taken in view of the mounting tension in Chenab Valley region where people observed partial to total bandh to express their solidarity with the people of Kashmir who have been agitating for the last 27 days over the killing of protestors in retaliatory action by forces.
Bandh was observed on Thursday in Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Doda towns where masjid committees asked people to observe bandh in protest over the killing and injuries to a large number of youth in pellets firing by government forces in the Valley.
Some of the people sitting on dharna at Kishtwar bus stand even raised
Anti-India and pro-freedom slogans were raised by protesters sitting on a dharna at Kishtwar bus stand.
Besides, a candle-light march was organized in the town on late Thursday evening.
"In view of indications of prevailing unrest spilling over to Chenab Valley, authorities decided to suspend mobile internet services across Jammu region as well. This followed a request from administration late last night," report quoting sources said.
Earlier these services, after having remained suspended for 16 days, were restored in the region on July 26.
While in Kishtwar and Bhaderwah, bandh was partial with only Muslims keeping their shutters down, it was complete in Banihal and Doda. The vehicular traffic was also off the roads.
The people in Banihal town and its outskirts have been observing bandh for the last three days as they have decided to follow the five day hartal calendar issued by "joint resistance leadership'' in Kashmir which has now been extended to August 12.