Three days after the state government of Jammu and Kashmir had ordered termination of data services fearing trouble during Eid al-Adha, the ban on the internet has reportedly been partially lifted as of Monday morning.
"The ban has been partially revoked and broadband services of BSNL are now working in the state," a police officer told DNA, while a BSNL employee added that the service provider has received the orders to lift the ban on broadband.
The internet blackout in Jammu and Kashmir which was to end on Saturday midnight continued across the state on Sunday with subscribers unable to access the services through wired or wireless devices.
The government imposed the ban on internet services throughout the state on the eve of the Eid festival to prevent anti-social elements posting provocative comments and pictures online.
After the state high court re-asserted an 1862 law against bovine slaughter in the state, a huge controversy has been swirling in the Muslim majority state, with both the clerics and politicians blaming the order as interference in religious rights of the Muslim community.
Separatists in Kashmir have been exhorting locals to offer sacrifices of bovine animals on the Eid festival to defy the law. Many anti-social elements were posting bovine slaughter pictures on the social media.
This ban took place as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting the United States to propagate his vision of a 'Digital India.'
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted saying "Oh the irony of listening to the PM talking about digital India while we in J&K spent 3 days totally disconnected due to his party & allies (sic)."