All Internet services on mobiles phones have been blocked for 41 hours in the Kashmir valley to stop the spread of any malcious messages that could affect Eid al-Adha (Bakr-Eid) celebrations, ANI reported on Thursday evening.
While an official word is still awaited, intelligence officials have confirmed that Internet services will remain suspended for almost two days in the Kashmir valley to "prevent uploading of inflammatory posts and pictures on social media" websites such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.
A highly-placed source told IANS that the Internet services will remain suspended for two days from Friday morning (25 September).
"In order to prevent anti-social elements from uploading inflammatory posts and pictures that could stoke communal passions, it has been decided to suspend Internet services on mobile phone for two days," a top intelligence sources said.
The government officials want to prevent any untoward incident as it fears that anti-social elements might try to break peace by uploading posts and pictures during the Bakr-Eid (Eid-ul-adha) celebrations on Friday.
The recent High Court decision to reassert strict compliance of a 1932 provision from the Ranbir Penal Code earlier this month regarding ban on slaughter, sale or possession of beef in Jammu and Kashmir, has left the largely Muslim residents of Jammu & Kashmir fuming.
Amid massive protests over the beef ban, the government was forced to impose a curfew.