Internet suspension averted major terror incidents: Dr Jitendra Singh

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JAMMU: Taking a strong dig at certain political activists of Kashmir valley and some fringe organizations in Jammu for creating a hue and cry over the ban on internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh said Tuesday that the ban helped in averting some major terror incidents.
Speaking at the conclusion of DISHA meetings, held separately for districts of Doda and Kishtwar, Dr Jitendra Singh alleged that those opposing ban on Internet have a vested interest in the continuance of militancy or they want to play politics at the cost of India’s sovereignty and common man’s safety or they are not literate enough to understand the nuances of anti-militancy strategy.

He asserted that the liquidation of killers of Parihar brothers and Chandrakant in Kishtwar was accomplished because of the suspension of the internet, which has also helped in flushing out terrorists operating in Kishtwar and other parts of the Chenab region.
He said terrorists have been arrested while crossing the border and their designs to create disturbances have been foiled because of ban on Internet. It only happened because their handlers’ on this side could not coordinate them. He said the infiltration has also been contained to a great extent because of net ban.
Lambasting those political activists from the Valley who are advocating for lifting the ban on internet in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Jitendra Singh said these elements are working at the behest of “anti national elements” otherwise they should not make such statements.
He said Doda being a hilly district, there is no Panchayat left out without receiving Rs 30 lakh funds from Government and asked officers to compare that how much funds they received for Panchayats during last 70 years.
Dr Jitendra Singh said certain political activists in Kashmir valley have been continuously raising hue and cry over the suspension of internet services because they are the beneficiaries of terrorism and their politics has, over the last three decades, survived due to dismal voter turn-out under fear of militancy.