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Internet, landline, cell services and cable TV snapped in parts of Jammu & Kashmir

Mobile internet, landline and cellphone services have been snapped in parts of Jammu & Kashmir, amidst escalating political and security situation in the state. According to multiple reports, mobile internet services were snapped on August 4 (yesterday). This morning, even landline and cellphone services were purportedly suspended, leading to a communications blackout in the state. The Indian Express reported that cable TV services were also suspended in Srinagar. MediaNama has been unable to reach police stations and sources in the Kashmir zone, as calls weren't connecting. Aditi Agrawal of MediaNama exchanged messages with a Kashmir resident until 1:15 am today, but messages sent thereafter were not delivered. While internet shutdowns in Jammu & Kashmir are fairly common, shutting down landline and cellphone services is rare, and amounts to suspension of democratic rights in Jammu & Kashmir. On August 4, former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were put under house arrest late at night, and Section 144 was imposed in Srinagar. Abdullah's last tweet was at 1:14 am. Panic in the state began on July 25 when the Union Home Ministry ordered 10,000 troops of CRPF personnel into the Valley. On August 1, it was reported that 25,000 additional paramilitary troops were being rushed into the Valley, and the army and air force were on high alert. Jammu & Kashmir: Mobile internet services partially suspended in Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/6IyyCVBhHX — ANI (@ANI) August 4, 2019 https://twitter.com/fayedsouza/status/1158197075911303169 https://twitter.com/Nidhi/status/1158181689711112192 Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to revoke…

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