A senior government official said on Friday, more than 18 months after they were snapped to avoid a backlash against the center's decision to abolish the former state's special status, high-speed 4G internet services are being restored across Jammu and Kashmir.
On August 5, 2019, when the centre revealed plans to scrap its decades-old autonomy stated in the constitution, Jammu and Kashmir was put under what became the world's longest-running Internet shutdown in a democratic region.
The state was separated into two union territories in the days that followed — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh — and many leaders, including three former Chief Ministers, were taken into custody to pre-empt a pushback.
Broadband internet and sluggish mobile data have been restored in stages over the last year after the Supreme Court notified the government earlier when hearing cases that found the curbs an attack on free expression and democratic rights.
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