Youth Cong protests, seeks restoration of internet service

Youth Cong activists staging protest at Sunderbani on Thursday.
Youth Cong activists staging protest at Sunderbani on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent
RAJOURI, Nov 21: The activists of Youth Congress from Sunderbani held peaceful protest against Jammu and Kashmir Government and demanded restoration of mobile internet services in Jammu province.
The protest was held under the leadership of Youth leader Govind Suden and assisted by Sanjay Kumar, Sahil Raina, Mangu Raina and others. They urged upon the Lt Governor GC Murmu for restoration of mobile internet service in Jammu region. They also disrupted traffic on the main road for some time.
A group of Congress activists said mobile internet service was snapped across Jammu region on August 5 midnight a day ahead of the Centre’s announcement of scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcating it into Union territories.
However, the broadband Internet services functioned uninterrupted in the region, where the situation remained largely peaceful post the August 5 decisions.
Yog Raj Sharma said the low-speed service was briefly restored in five of the 10 districts of Jammu region on the intervening night of August 16-17, but suspended again a day later with authorities citing a “technical problem” as the reason and assured that the services would be restored soon.
Sharma said stalling mobile internet services had adversely impacted the normal life as broadband facility was not available everywhere, main problem seen for media persons for sending news and photos in own newspapers.
He added that the communication gap had divested the people of their fundamental right of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution.
Protesters alleged that the continuous mobile Internet ban only corroborated the fact that the present government was “incapable of curbing the anti-national elements and the offenders of the law” in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Instead of tracking and apprehending the criminals, the BJP at the Centre ordered the complete shutdown of the Internet services,” he said, adding that the Government should tighten its security network rather than “harassing the people for absurd and unjustifiable reasons”.