2G mobile internet services restored in Jammu

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/18/2019 3:24:18 AM

Restrictions eased in Chenab Valley, Rajouri-Poonch distts

JAMMU, Aug 17: After having remained suspended for twelve days, mobile internet services were partly restored in five districts of Jammu region which are functioning completely normal while restrictions were also eased in rest of five districts of Chenab valley and Pir Panjal on Saturday.
The restrictions under prohibitory orders, imposed after abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of state on August 5 by the Centre, were eased in Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts in the Chenab valley and border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in the Pir Panjal region early this morning. In rest of five districts of the region, viz., Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Reasi and Udhampur, 2G mobile internet services were restored.
Landline phones were up and normally running at Ramban, Kishtwar and Doda districts on Saturday morning. Late this evening, BSNL post-paid mobile services were also restored in Poonch and Rajouri districts.
IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh, while cautioning against rumour-mongering, stated, “The internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu zone i.e., Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi. People are requested to refrain from sharing/circulating any type of fake messages/videos in the social media which might vitiate the peaceful atmosphere. Strict legal action will be taken against whosoever found to be circulating the hate messages.”
He stated, “In the Jammu zone, market remained open and traffic plied normally. Schools were opened in Rajouri, Ramban and Doda districts by the district administration. Telephone service was restored in Rajouri. The situation in the region remained peaceful throughout the Jammu zone.”
In the meanwhile, Poonch district administration has also announced to open primary and Middle schools from August 19, 2019.
“All the Middle and Primary educational institutions of Poonch district shall remain open from August 19, 2019, except High schools, Higher Secondary schools and Degree colleges,” read an order issued by Deputy Commissioner Poonch Rahul Yadav.
After restrictions were eased in Chenab valley and Rajouri-Poonch districts, life started limping back to normal today, officials said. The officials said most of the shops and business establishments in the districts reopened but educational institutions in Poonch and Kishtwar remained closed and would be reopened from Monday. The landline telephone services were also restored in Chenab Valley districts while it was continuing in Rajouri-Poonch. “However, mobile and internet mobile services continued to remain suspended as a precautionary measure,” they said. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in these districts, the officials said. Later in the evening BSNL post paid mobile services were also restored in Poonch district.
“The authorities are monitoring the situation while police and paramilitary forces remained deployed in strength in the major towns and district headquarters,” officials added.
Normal activities already resumed in Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur and Reasi district on August 10, five days after most parts of Jammu and Kashmir were placed under strict curfew-like restrictions following the Centre's move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and reorganise the state into two Union Territories -- Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Quoting an order issued by district magistrate, Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana on Friday, the officials said the day curfew was lifted in the communally sensitive town but the prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC would remain in force till further orders to maintain law and order. Curfew was imposed in Kishtwar district town and its surrounding villages on August 5 and was relaxed from time to time. “The curfew is hereby lifted with effect from August 16 afternoon. However, the night curfew will remain in force from 9 PM to 4 AM till further orders,” the officials said reading out from the order.
In another order issued on Friday, the officials said the district magistrate, Kishtwar, announced imposition of prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC to maintain peace, tranquility, law and order in the town and its adjoining villages.
“Keeping in view the prevailing situation in the town and its adjoining areas, there is apprehension that some miscreants or separatists are going to deliver provocative speeches igniting the sentiments of a particular community whereby posing threat to the peace and public tranquility in the town and its adjoining villages,” the order read.
The officials said assembly of five or more persons at any public place, thoroughfare, street, bus stand and market within the limits of Kishtwar town and its adjoining villages is prohibited under the order. The order also asked people not to join or take out any procession or hold public meeting of five or more persons or raise anti-national slogans. It also said they should not carry any type of weapon.
Restrictions under Section 144 will remain in force in Rajouri only between 9:00 PM to 05:00 AM. In this regard, an order was issued by DM Rajouri.



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