With communication breakdown continuing in Baramulla districts and spreading to others areas of north and south Kashmir, security agencies Friday carried out verification of cellular tower landlords and their neighbours.
"The officials of police and other intelligence agencies today came to our house and carried out detailed verifications," a cellular tower landlord from Baramulla told Greater Kashmir.
He said that they (police) verified the names phones numbers and other details of every person in his family and neighbors.
"Since morning different parties carried out the verification. We are unable to understand what is happening," one landlord from Pattan area of Baramulla said. He said after verification, they were asked not to venture out totally in the evening. "We were asked to take extra-precautions," he said.
POSTERS APPEAR IN KHREW
After Sopore threatening posters by Lashkar-e-Islam, warning people related to telecommunication business, surfaced in Khrew area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Friday.
The posters have given an ultimatum of one week for the concerned people to wind up their businesses.
The posters read "India is using many tactics in Kashmir, by which many militants and commanders got killed. This was because of mobile system. We are giving first and last warning that all network towers should be put off. All the shopkeepers, outlets, marketing persons are warned to wind up their business. All the land owners on whose land these towers are erected are warned to close the system. Recharge, Lopo outlets are warned to close the outlets".
A report said that a few recharge outlets downed after the posters were seen. "Three posters were seen in Khrew area today. We are ascertaining the facts," Senior Superintendent of Police, Awantipra, Muhammad Irshad told Greater Kashmir.
"It can be a handiwork of some miscreants but at the same time there may be some other reason also. Nothing can be said. But we are investigating the matter," the SSP said adding that no outlet has been closed so far.
Reports from Bandipora district said cellular towers have been shut down in the district after a string of attacks and threats by unknown gunmen.
Official sources told Greater Kashmir that more than 70 towers in Bandipora have are out of service, almost breaking down communications in the neighboring towns including Sumbal, Hajin, Safapora, Naid-Khai, Shadipora, Shilwat, Madvan, and Baniyaree.
When contacted Bharti Airtel authorities over phone said that they are trying to restore services. "We have shut down towers due to security reasons but we will restore once we receive green signal from the government," an official of Bharti Airtel told Greater Kashmir.
Companies affected include Aircel, Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone and Idea. It is pertinent to mention here that last week, posters bearing the name of Lashkari-Islam appeared in the Sopore area, demanding cellular companies shut down their operations in Valley.