Depopulate Kashmir Valley to curb protests: Subramanian Swamy

Srinagar Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

Kashmiri youth have been using social media such as Whatsapp, Facebook and YouTube to reach out to people by streaming protests or highlighting excesses of government troops, it said. "To avoid the spread of rumours, fake news and develop a panicky situation that leads to violence, we are forced to take the decision", a senior minister in the government said. "Therefore, it is better to put a stop to this rather than putting a blanket ban on the internet", he said, adding that these suggestions have been made to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

To prevent spread of rumors mobile internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, remain suspended for the second day today in Kashmir valley.The service was suspended as a precautionary measure in view of an upward spiral in protests by students against use of alleged disproportionate force by security forces on students in Degree College Pulwama on April 16 in which over 60 students, including girls were injured. The mobile internet service for post-paid connections was restored on November 19 past year after a gap of about five months.

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However, the idea of dialogue hit a dead-lock as no group could be identified in breaking the cycle of violence that has engulfed the Valley since July 8 a year ago when poster boy of Hizbul Mujahideen terror group Burhan Wani was gunned down during an encounter in south Kashmir.

There has been a spate of incidents involving skirmishes between locals and security forces including stone pelting incidents followed by a controversial "human shield" video that was circulated on the social media. The video sparked outrage and triggered protests.

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