After remaining suspended for five consecutive days, internet services were restored in Kashmir on Thursday evening.
The mobile and broadband internet services were suspended on April 8 on the eve of by-polls to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency. However, on April 11 the broadband internet services were restored after two days but suspended again on April 13 morning when re-poll in 38 polling booths in central Kashmir's Budgam district was on.
The snapping of internet services had badly affected the working of business and media houses. Students, job aspirants and officials faced immense hardships in absence of the internet facility.
"In the contemporary times the world is on the finger tips on an individual due to internet. But in Kashmir we are unable to know even what is even happening in our surroundings," said Umar Shah.
Pertinently, the internet is used by a 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.
On Thursday morning, journalists associated with local, national and international media were shocked when broadband services were suspended. They expressed resentment over suspension of internet services in Kashmir, terming it as "indirect gag on media."