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Mobile internet services have been restored in Kargil in Union Territory of Ladakh.

Amid a security lockdown, mobile and landline phones were blocked in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir after the government revoked its special status granted under Article 370 of the constitution. The move also bifurcated the J&K into two union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The internet shutdown in the region, for 145 days, was the longest ever imposed in a democracy.

The services were briefly restored in October for a fortnight but then were shut again. 

"We have restored internet today morning. The broadband was never shut in Kargil," Bashirul Haq Chaudhary told IANS.

He said: "The district administration has spoken to all the stakeholders, including the religious leaders to help prevent any misuse of the mobile internet.

"Kargil has always remained peaceful and we hope that everybody will play his part to ensure that it remains like that."

While the broadband has been restored in Jammu, it remains blocked in Kashmir. The mobile internet continues to be shut in both Jammu as well as Kashmir.

The internet blockade has caused a lot of inconvenience to the students and businessmen across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The people have been demanding that the services be restored so that their difficulties come to an end.

(With agency inputs.)