Internet services were once again suspended in Kashmir Sunday amid a shutdown to commemorate the death anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Guru was hanged in Delhi on 9 February 2013.
All shops and business establishments in the Valley remained shut on account of a strike call purportedly issued by the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) of Yasin Malik and the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Public transport services were disrupted as well, with only private vehicles plying on roads in the region. The kilometre-long flea market at the city centre in Lal Chowk, which attracts a massive footfall every Sunday, stayed off roads too.
As people observed the shutdown, police and security forces increased vigil across the region, especially in and around Srinagar city. The administration also snapped internet services in view of the situation. “These measures have been taken as precautions and we are monitoring the situation… internet services will be restored after a review of the situation,” a government official told ThePrint.
It was only last month that partial internet connectivity was restored in Kashmir after five months of a complete shutdown on account of law and order concerns in the wake of the central government’s decision to scrap Article 370.