Mobile internet services cut in Jammu

Jammu,  (PTI): Mobile internet services were snapped in Jammu region today as authorities feared misuse of social media after tension gripped Udhampur district over recovery of carcasses of three cows.


Police said the mobile internet services have been cut in this region of Jammu and Kashmir to prevent misuse of social media on phone and the decision will be reviewed shortly.

The decision came hours after carcasses of three cows were found in Jammu’s neighbouring district Udhampur, leading to tension there.

“Three carcasses of slaughtered cows were found behind the SDM office in Chenani tehsil of the district,” Udhampur SSP Mohammad Suleman Choudhary said.

As the word of the incident spread, a large number of people took to the streets. Shops also downed their shutters, he said.

Authorities are also apprehensive of a reaction in Jammu region over the beef party held by an Independent MLA in Kashmir yesterday, which led to a clash between the legislator and BJP MLAs in the state Assembly today.


  1. Dear readers,
    Ever since Modi has met Zuckerberg, Facebook has been filled with Tricolor dps with people made to believe that India would change. A new digital revolution would usher in. Everyone seems excited. Hyped. Positivity all around. But beneath this huge campaign, therein lies some harsh realities.

    This was India’s Internet condition in 2013 — India ranks 114th in internet speeds.And this is the present situation — India loses slowest average Internet speed crown to Indonesia.While you may say that our average Internet speeds have increased from 1.3Mbps to 2Mbps in a 2 year period, its not enough if you want to compete with other nations who have seen a much higher jump across the same period. Also before you attack me that in 2013 government was different or that I should wait for another year, mind you that the second report is from Q2014. Story is no less different if you compare it with reports from other sources — India slips in UN’s broadband penetration ranking.

    The low Internet speeds aren’t the only issue here. We have another issue and that is of random bans on sites, mobile internet or our freedom to express in general. Mobile internet gets banned in our country when people protest or when a festival is celebrated. Government’s reasons for such orders range from National security to prevention of rumors or social unrest. Well someone should tell them that it’s the job of the Police and Intelligence agencies. Banning internet facilities is no way to get around the problem.It is pretty easy for a film company to get a court order to get ISPs to ban a plethora of sites whenever a new movie is about to release. There is no transparency in such bans.

    Governments in our countries are also wary of people criticising them on social media. We have all seen what Article 66(A) did [it may have been removed for now but the problem is still there.] and the Sedition order [again hanging in a balance but does show where our leaders wanna go]. We have arrested people in the past for offending our leaders on Facebook. Even liking those posts can be considered as a crime.
    Our government is also not happy with how companies and users like to encrypt their data. They want to keep a track of everything that is being said or posted or shared. No sir. You shouldn’t use encryption. Even though the order was revoked, the intentions are pretty clear. Either they don’t understand the concept of Encryption or they understand it well enough that they don’t want it to become a common thing here.
    There are no standards or minimum limits on the speeds which they should provide under 4G and 3G connections. We are getting 3G speeds on 4G plans and 2G speeds on 3G plans. Network is poor in major cities.And let’s look at the websites our government have. Compare it someday to the US government websites. IRCTC has been upgraded twice and still can’t handle the load if you want to book a tatkal ticket. The measures meant to fix this issue are seriously a joke. Go to any government website. Finding useful information from them is a herculean task. Which form is available where, even Google fails at these tasks. Finding the right plans on BSNL and MTNL websites looks more difficult than getting 80%+ in school XII board exams. Filling government forms online hardly helps because you still need to run from pillar to post filling the same form again.

    Yes. Google giving free Wifi on 100 train stations is commendable. I trust Google but I don’t trust the government company (Railtel) whose network would be used. Microsoft is working towards bringing Broadband to the villages. I guess they need food, water and proper housing and toilet facilities first. Lay down high speed optical fibre network. Reduce the license fees. Increase the competition by making BSNL and MTNL offer better plans. Make things easier. Stop the ban culture. Then maybe we can say that Digital India initiative is working. Until then, it’s just a sham.

    Right now only beneficiaries are Modi’s tweetarties and Sangeet som who uploaded the fake video during Muzaffarnagar riots that brought biggest chunk of electorate in RSS political wing BJP favour during 2014 Lok Sabha.The irony of listening to the PM talking about digital India while we in J&K spent 3 days totally disconnected due to his party & allies and continued to do so.

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    Attempt to spread hate using Whatsapp, Citizens express concern

    Digital Divide among is being Selected in particular using myth and fake propaganda in calculated pogrom.

    Jai Hind

  2. India is shifting very rapidly to an autocracy. Hope and pray that the red banner raising at Bihar for the BJP under the deity leadership of Modiji may read the writing at the flag. If BJP is continuing in India, more disorders and disintegrations are going to take place in India; assembly halls will be turned as wrestling arena of bloodshed, broken nose and hands., may be legs and rib cage too. Indeed, India is now shining real well in political tragedy show.

  3. Mr. Sheikh,
    You really do not understand what Digitall India really is.
    It is about connecting people across the country. It does not mean that you can post any this objectionable which can cause public unrest on the net and go scott free. These are two different things. You are mixing up two very different things. Every thing comes with riders/rules/limits.
    Privileges are to be used and not mis-used

  4. Every thing comes with riders/rules/limits.Privileges are to be used and not mis-used-Mr.Raj,

    Sir,I have wrote this piece of article to throw light on the other side of reality behind ‘Digital India’.In democratic world there are favorites and dislikes which need to be digested or ignored.

    We are all aware that who facbook uploaded by BJP MLA divided and made 50,000 residence in their own homeland refugee.
    Whereas Modi government is strangulating the freedom of speech and even critics are openly threatened and even gun downed.

    A ‘Digital India’ can’t protect the women of India just by clicking ‘selfie with daughters’ and posting on the social media.It needs to be build at grass root level.

    It is here that Modi must be held to account. At a time when members of his own party and ideological brotherhood are repeating the same grave offences over and over again, the prime minister’s silence cannot be accepted any more. We have heard him on “Digital India”. Now he must share his “Mann Ki Baat” on the Dadri lynching.

    The ‘Digital India’ can’t connect the Indians. But hearts which are divided need to be mend first.

    I appreciate your suggestion and I will try to restrain my feeling to me.

    Jai hind

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