Mobile Internet services restored in Valley; Amarnath Yatra resumes

Srinagar/Jammu, July 9

Authorities on Sunday restored mobile Internet services in Kashmir, two days after the facility was snapped in view of apprehensions of law and order problems on the first death anniversary of Hizbul ‘commander’ Burhan Wani.

However, only 2G services were working, an official said.

“Mobile Internet services have been restored in Kashmir,” the official said, adding the facility was restored during the night.

“The high-speed network is still suspended, while BSNL’s broadband service also remains suspended” the official said.

He said the decision to restore the broadband and other high-speed Internet services would be taken after assessing the situation today.

Internet services across the Valley were snapped on Thursday night as precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of Wani’s anniversary.

Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in south kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8 last year.

Amarnath Yatra resumes

Meanwhile, the annual Amarnath Yatra resumed on Sunday after a day-long suspension with a fresh batch of 4,411 pilgrims who left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley.

“A fresh batch of 4,411 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy of 140 vehicles for the valley at 4.05 am,” officials said in Jammu.

“Due to security reasons, the yatra was suspended on Saturday.” The 40-day long Yatra to the Himalayan cave shrine started on June 29 and will end on August 7 on Shravan Purnima coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.

So far, over one lakh pilgrims have reached the shrine located at 3,888 metres above sea-level.

The cave houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the size of the moon.

Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

So far, 10 pilgrims have died during this year’s yatra.

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