Barring BSNL, All Cellphones Go Silent In Kashmir


Authorities temporarily suspended mobile phone services in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday following the killing of militant commander Riyaz Naikoo during an encounter at Beighpora village in Awantipora area of Pulwama district.

Both mobile phone Internet and talk facilities were shut off by all service providers except government-run BSNL in the valley. Only BSNL postpaid phones and landlines are working.

Sources in different mobile phone companies said they had been directed to suspend operations till further orders.

Reports quoted IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar as having said that voice calls have been suspended and curfew would be imposed in most parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure.

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“He (Naikoo) was a role model for militant recruitment and was involved in the killing of several security personnel. We have shut mobile internet, voice calls, and SMS service and will also impose curfew in most areas,” India Today quoted Kumar as having said.

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