Mobile services blocked in north Kashmir following violence

Mobile services in north Kashmir and SMS service in the entire valley have been blocked on the instructions of the state government following incidents of violence, an official said Tuesday.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2010, 13:17 PM IST

Srinagar: Mobile services in north
Kashmir and SMS service in the entire valley have been blocked
on the instructions of the state government following
incidents of violence, an official said Tuesday.

"We blocked the SMS service on the instructions of the
Director General of Police, who cited security reasons for the
disruption," Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), General
Manager, Mahesh Shukla said.

Almost all the mobile service providers including BSNL
jammed the SMS service in the valley after midnight last night
while mobile services in north Kashmir were disrupted
yesterday.

"Mobile services will be restored as soon as we get
further instructions," an official spokesperson from a mobile
service provider here said.

The move comes amidst escalating violence in the
valley where curfew has been imposed in Sopore, Baramulla and
seven areas in Srinagar.

The valley has witnessed protests over the killing of
youths in alleged CRPF firing.

Two persons, including a 9-year-old boy died, and 65
others, including 32 policemen, were injured in the violent
clashes in various parts of the valley yesterday.

PTI