Mobile phone services were resumed on Thursday in 5 districts of Jammu following their suspension since August 5 after the Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370, ANI reported.
On Wednesday night, mobile services were restored in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Due to security concerns, there was no cell phone connectivity in the region for 25 days. However, on August 17, the 2G mobile internet services were restored in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi districts. Earlier, last week telephone line services were also restored in a few areas of the Kashmir valley. However, consumers complained about irregular connections.
On Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik defended the restrictions imposed on the use of mobile phones and internet as it was done to prevent any loss of life. Malik had asserted that these services were “more used by terrorists and Pakistanis and less by the people of the state” and so they will remain suspended for some more time.
After the government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divide the region into two Union Territories, the governor had assured the people that their identity and culture would be preserved.