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Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said in the Parliament that internet curbs in Jammu and Kashmir were meant to thwart aggressive anti-national social media posts from Pakistan aimed at the young Indian mind. These were precautionary measures which have been substantially relaxed lately. “All essential services are functioning normally in the valley,” he told the Lok Sabha.

In a written question regarding the need for internet curbs in the House today, Reddy said, “In view of the aggressive anti-India social media posts being pushed from across the border aiming at instigating youth of the valley and glamourising terrorists and terrorism, certain restrictions on internet have been resorted to.”

Further, the Home Ministry told the Parliament that in the 115-day period from August 5 to November 27, there has been a 17 per cent reduction of terror incidents when compared to the 115-day period immediately preceding August 5 when the restrictions were imposed and Article 370 abrogated.

According to data provided by the government, cross border infiltration attempts went up from 53 to 84 during the 115 day period post the revocation, while there was a fall in successful infiltration in the region from 59 before the revocation to 32 after revocation.

— India Legal Bureau

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