Internet services suspended in Srinagar, due to students protest

Mobile Internet services have been temporarily suspended in Srinagar city, while the high-speed network was throttled in parts of south Kashmir today as a precautionary measure to check rumour mongering in the wake of recent protests demanding justice for the Kathua rape victim.

A police official said the suspension of the mobile Internet facility is a precautionary measure for just few hours. It is a precautionary measure to check rumour mongering and prevent miscreants from creating any law and order problems, the official said.

He said while mobile Internet services were working normally in the rest of the valley, the speed has been reduced in the four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian of south Kashmir.

The official said the facility would be restored in a few hours. Widespread protests have erupted in Kashmir in support of demand for justice for the victim of the horrific rape and murder case in Kathua district of the state in January this year. The protests, especially by students, have forced authorities to close down most of the colleges and higher secondary educational institutions in the valley.


Rail blockade at Chengail on Kathua rape case

A large number of people today blocked Chengail railway station, about 30 km from here, demanding justice to the victim of the Kathua rape case.

The blockade began at about 7.30 am disrupted train services, railway sources said.

The blockade was withdrawn at about 11 am at the persuasion of the South Eastern Railway officials. Meanwhile, a road blockade on the same demand on the National highway-6 near Nimdihi was also put up at about 6 am.After police intervention the blockade was lifted, the police said

BCI team arrives in Jammu, meets lawyers in Kathua


A five-member team of the Bar Council of India arrived here today and met lawyers in Kathua, who had held protests in connection with the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl. 

The team, headed by former chief justice Tarun Agarwal, also visited Rasana and met the agitating people of the area, who are demanding a CBI probe into the incident. The Supreme Court had directed a team of the BCI to visit Jammu and submit its report over the conduct of lawyers from high court bar association and other local associations by April 24.

A strike call had been given by the Kathua and the Jammu and Kashmir bar associations in connection with the case.

The Bar Association of Jammu had on April 13 said that it was extending its strike till April 17 against the "growing illegal presence of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi nationals," while alleging that its agitation for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-cum-murder case was wrongly being portrayed as "communal".

The panel today met the lawyers in Kathua, who were alleged to have prevented the Crime Branch team from submitting the charge sheet in the case on April 9, sources said. The lawyers said that they had not prevented the Crime Branch team from submitting it but they only held protests, they said. The team will visit bar association of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and the lawyers would put forth their views on the strike.


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