Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday (February 25) confirmed that social networking sites and virtual private networks (VPNs) will remain blocked in the Union Territory in order to prevent the anti-national elements and people across the border to "misuse" these platforms. The authorities added that 2G mobile Internet services were extended in Jammu and Kashmir till March 4.
Jammu and Kashmir administration said that it has been found that anti-national elements and their handlers sitting in Pakistan are still misusing the VPNs to create unrest in India. According to government officials, the anti-national forces are using VPNs to coordinate with their operatives within the UT and plan terror acts.
The order to continue the restrictions till March 4 was signed by Jammu and Kashmir Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra.