Jammu, November 18 | Agitated over the continued ban over mobile internet services in Jammu region scores of Panthers Party activists led by Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and Yash Paul Kundal, State President-Young Panthers along with other leaders staged a massive protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground in Jammu. The incensed protestors raised the slogans of ‘Daman ki Rajneeti… Nahin Chalegi, nahin Chalegi’, ‘Jammu mein mobile internet Seva bahal Karo… bahal Karo’, ‘Kashmir ke gunahon ki saza Dogron ko Dena band Karo… band Karo’.
Lambasting the Government for snapping the mobile internet services in Jammu region for nearly 103 days, Harsh Dev Singh dubbed the administration’s decision to impose a ban on the internet services as an arbitrary and obnoxious move which has pushed people to the stone age. “Why the policy of suppression has been enforced on the people of Jammu Pradesh? Isn’t it unwarranted and undemocratic? Why should our people suffer for the sins committed in Kashmir? He said that the aforesaid ban only corroborated the fact that the present government is incapable of curbing the anti-national elements, malefactors and the offenders of the law in J&K.
Instead of tracking and apprehending the criminals, the BJP at the Centre ordered the complete shut- down of the internet services. Not only had the standouts been adversely affected by internet gag but the functioning of the commercial and business organizations besides the media houses had suffered a loss worth crores, regretted Harsh.
Harsh Dev Singh while expressing his indignation over the State government’s totalitarian moves, said that the communication gag had divested the people of their fundamental right of speech and expression guaranteed in the Constitution of India. “Prolonged internet blockade of this kind has never happened before. BJP after assuming power has been often resorting to such authoritarian moves only to demonstrate its authority and power. Such tactics would only aggravate public outrage against the government’s highhandedness.
Stalling mobile internet services had adversely impacted the normal life as the broadband facility was not available everywhere. Social and economic life had also been thrown out of gear. The government should tighten its security network rather than harassing the people for absurd, unjustifiable reasons”, Harsh asserted. While questioning the criminal silence of the Jammu based BJP leaders on the sensitive issue, he demanded the immediate lifting of the ban over mobile internet services in Jammu region. “Panthers party would be forced to launch a huge stir in case the government failed to restore internet services at the earliest”, warned Harsh.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Pratap Singh, Shanker Singh Chib, Ram Paul Sharma, Khajoor Singh, Shankaar Singh, Narinder Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Mohit Mankotia besides others.