The mobile and 2G internet connectivity was shutdown across Kashmir valley after a gunbattle took place in South Kashmir between Indian forces and Militants, in which the operational commander, Riyaz Naikoo of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed by forces. It resulted in widespread protest across South Kashmir and telecommunication channels were shutdown barring the state-run BSNL, mostly used by the govt officials. The suspension of already lingering 2g internet services and cellular connectivity added to the troubles of common people in Kashmir. People in emergencies find it very difficult to contact each other and seek medical support amid this pandemic. Pertinently the Supreme Court of India has been shelving and refraining from ordering the govt to restore internet connectivity in the region which is suspended since August 5, 2019, after India abrogated special status of J&K region and extended a lockdown for 6 months.
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Sajad Rasool manages Kashmir Unheard. He works as a Producer and Editor