Ban on 4G internet extended in J&K

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The J&K administration Friday extended the ban on 3G-4G internet till January 22, excluding Ganderbal and Udhampur districts.

“Certain restrictions have been placed on access to high speed mobile data connectivity to curb uploading, downloading and circulation of provocative videos and defeat the nefarious designs of the forces within and from across the border to create narrative by running a disinformation campaign,” reads the order issued by the Principal Secretary, Home, Shaleen Kabrra while quoting security concerns.

It was stated in the order that the apprehension of law enforcement agencies regarding misuse of high speed mobile data services for infiltration and for coordinating militant activities gets credence from investigation of ongoing cases.

“Recent incident of interception of militants and recoveries or arms/ammunition with increased activities on the International Border and Line of Control. Therefore, in consideration of the overall security scenario and the reports of law enforcement agencies have necessitated the continuation of speed related restrictions on mobile data services to prevent misuse of social media while taking note of militant activities during the last fortnight,” the order reads.

J&K is without proper internet for the past 17 months now.