Phones, Internet jammed as Indian PM visits India-controlled Kashmir

21:33, June 08, 2010      

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The mobile and Internet services across the Muslim majority areas in India-controlled Kashmir were disrupted since Monday during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit, officials said Tuesday.

Almost all the mobile service providers including state owned BSNL remained blocked throughout the day. The service jam came barely 15 minutes before PM landed at Srinagar airport Monday.

"In addition to communication, mobile phones can be used as devices to trigger explosions also. So, we blocked the service Monday. The jam would continue till the PM leaves," said General Manager BSNL, Mahesh Shukla, in an interview to a local news agency.

The disruption of mobile services caused inconvenience to the people. The Internet services also remained blocked.

Police officials said snapping the mobile connectivity was done as a precautionary measure to foil any attempt by militants to cause blasts through mobiles phones during the function.

Army had reportedly warned of a suicide attack during the prime minister's visit. It had pressed a panic button by claiming that "Lashker-e-Taiba commander Abdullah Unni was planning to carry out a suicide attack during Singh's visit to Srinagar."

Ironically Indian Police refuted the warning.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday reached Srinagar, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir, on a two-day visit to the region to review security scenario and development works.

Source: Xinhua


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