Suspension of mobile internet: IUST, others cancel online classes in south Kashmir

Srinagar: Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and other educational institutions in south Kashmir cancelled all on-line classes on Wednesday due to suspension of mobile internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
Though there was no official word why the mobile service was suspended, sources said the step has been taken to prevent any rumour on the fourth death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahidden (HM) commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces along with two other militants on this day in 2016 in Anantnag.
A police spokesman has on Tuesday said the letter of hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani which was circulated on Social Media networks yesterday was fake. The letter had urged people to observe strike today, 4th death anniversary of Burhan and on July 13 as on this day in 1931 about 22 people were killed in Dogra police firing outside central jail, Srinagar.
“Our on-line classes remained suspended for the second day on Wednesday due as there was no mobile internet service available in south Kashmir”, students of the IUST, Awantipora, Pulwama said this morning.
Student said we were told yesterday that mobile internet service in Pulwama was suspended due to encounter between militants and security forces. However, no reason was given today, the students said adding there are reports that internet mobile service has been suspended in some areas of Anantnag and Qazigund because of search operation in some areas.
Meanwhile, other educational institutions, including middle and lower class schools, have also suspended online classes due to ‘no internet’.
The students alleged that frequent suspension of internet has badly affected their online studies. We are already under tremendous pressure as the high speed internet remained suspended since August 5 last year. There is only 2G internet which also remained suspended more frequently, the students said and demanded restoration of high speed internet.