Govt shuts last window to Kashmir; snaps broadband internet

Snapping of broadband services badly affected the working of media houses. They were not able to their websites or receive stories from the reporters from districts.

Completing the internet blockade, Government on Saturday snapped broadband internet services in Kashmir. Yesterday, local Internet Service Providers were ordered to shut the service, even as mobile internet services have been already snapped in Kashmir from July 8, soon after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

Snapping of broadband services badly affected the working of media houses. They were not able to update their websites or receive stories from the reporters from districts.

“It seems authorities are imposing every sort of curfew they can. Thank God oxygen is not under their control. They could have also imposed restrictions on it in the name of law and order,” said an angry group of broadband subscribers.

Presently, students, job aspirants and traders are facing immense hardships in absence of internet facility.

“In the contemporary, world, the world is on the finger tips on an individual due to facility of internet. But in Kashmir we are unable to know even the happenings of our surroundings,” said a group of youth at Abi Guzar here.

Pertinently, the internet is being used by large number of people for submitting online application forms for various posts, seeking job opportunities, writing e-mails, checking results, chatting with friends and relatives, booking air tickets and hotels and lot more.

Authorities had been issuing statements to students and job aspirants to avail internet facility for filling up online application or download admit cards from district headquarter offices.

However, most of the people who visited these centres complained that they were not provided any facility.