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Amid pressure over farmer crackdown, India to restore high speed internet in Kashmir

Amid mounting global pressure over the clampdown on protesting farmers in capital New Delhi, Indian on Friday said it was restoring high-speed mobile internet services in its administered Kashmir.

The development comes exactly 18 months after it was suspended in August 2019 when India unilaterally abrogated special status of the Himalayan region.

Rohit Kansal, the Indian spokesperson of the Kashmir administration, tweeted Friday evening, “4G mobile internet services are being restored in the entire Jammu and Kashmir.” 

The services, according to reports, are likely to resume from Friday midnight.

High-speed mobile internet services had been restored in two districts – Ganderbal in Kashmir region and Udhampur in Jammu region – in August last year.

The internet services were shut by India on August 5, 2019 when the special autonomy was revoked in Parliament and it was bifurcated into union territories, directly ruled by New Delhi.

In early 2020, 2G internet services were restored. 

The move comes amid global outrage over the treatment India’s right wing Narendra Modi government has meted out to famers at Delhi’s borders who continue to protest against the deregularisation of the agricultural sector which employs its 51 per cent of population. The ruling BJP has accused the protesting farmers of working on the behest of the foreign agencies.

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