STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Monday called for a ‘Jammu Bandh’ on December 7 to protest suspension of mobile internet services following abrogation of Article 370 and against setting-up of toll plaza at Sarore on Jammu-Pathankot highway. “We appeal to people for participating in the peaceful bandh on December 7 against authoritarian moves of the Government,” JKNPP chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh said. Mobile internet services were snapped across Jammu region on August 4, a day ahead of abrogation of Article 370 provisions and division of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, which came into existence on October 31. However, fixed-line internet services, especially broadband, functioned uninterrupted in Jammu region where the situation remained by and large peaceful post August 5-decisions of the Centre. Low-speed service was briefly restored in five of 10 districts of Jammu region on August 16-17 night but suspended again on August 18 morning with authorities citing ‘technical problem’ as the reason and assured that the services would be restored soon. Singh accused the Government of ‘ruthlessly suppressing’ genuine aspirations of ‘nationalist’ people of Jammu region and said, “It is an insult of Jammu people who were subjected to Internet gag and communication blockade.” “Students preparing for general and competitive exams were the worst sufferers along with unemployed educated youth also facing insurmountable problems in absence of internet services. Traders also suffered a lot sustaining losses worth several hundreds of crores of rupees,” he said. Referring to newly set-up toll plaza at Sarore in Samba district, the JKNPP chairman alleged that the ‘City of Temples’ is being converted into ‘City of Toll Plazas’. Parshotam Parihar, State Secretary-PTU and Surinder Chouhan, District President Jammu (Rural) were also present in the press conference.
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