Mobile and broadband services suspended on Eid eve in Kashmir

Srinagar: All mobile phone services, save BSNL postpaid connections, were suspended across the Kashmir Valley on Monday, a day ahead of Eid, even as the shutdown continued for the 66th day. Mobile Internet facilities on cell phones and other appliances have already been suspended since the current spell of violence broke out in July. 

The broadband Internet facility on fixed landlines were also suspended to stop the spread of any malicious messages that could affect Eid al-Adha (Bakr-Eid) celebrations

While an official word is still awaited, intelligence officials have confirmed that Internet services will remain suspended for almost two days in the Kashmir valley to "prevent uploading of inflammatory posts and pictures on social media" websites such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.
 
Separatists have appealed to locals to celebrate Eid on Tuesday with austerity as a mark of respect for the victims of the ongoing unrest, and called for march to the office of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Sonwar area of Srinagar. Authorities have decided to impose curfew and restrictions to prevent the march. "We have intelligence inputs that separatists are planning large scale violence on Eid in Srinagar and elsewhere. Adequate arrangements have been made to scuttle the separatist designs," said a senior intelligence officer. 

With IANS inputs