After a long five and a half months, a partial mobile service has been launched in Jammu and Kashmir. Authorities have started voice calls and SMS services for prepaid users.
According to a report by Indian media NDTV, two-tier internet services will be launched in the next few days in Bandipora and Kupwara sections of Kashmir and in five places in Jammu subject to post-paid subscribers.
However, Rohit Kansal, a senior Kashmir police officer, said users can only access certain government-approved websites through this Internet service. Telecom operators have been instructed to verify the identity of the prepaid users before giving them internet service. Social media like Facebook and Twitter are shutting down.
Earlier last week, the Supreme Court of India asked the central government why the Internet service in Kashmir was stopped. Then it was decided to return internet service step by step.
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Accordingly, the authorities stopped mobile service after August 1 last year due to violence caused by the cancellation of Article 4 of the Indian Constitution and the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Many countries and organizations, including the United Nations, the United States, have criticized the move.
OD / JI