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Internet shut down in Kashmir valley just months after 4G was finally restored

The internet shutdown was confirmed using a distinct tool by an international watchdog that tracks net outages.

Internet has been suspended in Kashmir following the death of separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on the intervening night of August 31 and September 1, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir zone) Vijay Kumar was quoted by ANI and Reuters as saying. The internet outage was also confirmed by NetBlocks, a global internet monitor. This comes months after 4G services were completely restored in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time since 2019 when it was suspended before the abrogation of J&K's special status. Kumar told ANI and Reuters that the internet was shut down as a precautionary measure and restrictions in regards to the movement of citizens have also been imposed in the Kashmir Valley for the time being. MediaNama tried reaching out to Kumar, Baramulla DIG Sujit Kumar, Anantnag DIG Abdul Jabbar, and Srinagar DIG Amit Kumar. This report will be updated when we receive a response to our queries. Mobile internet was shut around 12 in the midnight and then an hour late, broadband and fiber connection was suspended. Few hours later, calling and SMS service shut. Right now, there's no way to communicate with the people there — Tanzeel Khan, a software engineer in Bengaluru with family in Kashmir told MediaNama Khan said that only calling services from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was working in the Valley. However, he said very few people in Kashmir own a BSNL SIM card. https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1433134863129919492 Confirming the development, NetBlocks in a report said, “Technical data show a disruption to access…

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