Srinagar, February 17: In Indian administrated Kashmir, minutes after the authorities lifted ban on Internet; people across the Valley visited the social networking sites and strongly criticised the authorities for curbs on this means of communication.
The Internet users through their status updates termed the ban as ‘online curfew’ and flayed the authorities for forcibly leaving them into the ‘Middle Ages’ by banning the Internet services.
“Online curfew is lifted. It was a bad experience to face both the curfews at same time,” wrote Mufasir Ahmad, a Facebook user in his status.
However, the main topic, which dominated the social networking, was that of registering the online protest against the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru. This online conversation has grown at the same time when the people across the Valley are demanding the mortal remains of Afzal Guru to be handed over to their families.
More than 100 pages and communities have sprung up in different parts of the territory during the past few hours, seeking volunteers for online protests and fostering discussion about Afzal Guru and his family.
Each page is liked by the thousands of Facebook lovers who are putting forth their views and criticizing the government of India for taking the decision of hanging Guru without informing his family members. “We salute you from the core of our hearts and Kashmiri society will always remember you for your bravery and patience,” reads a page titled Afzal Guru-the legend of Kashmir.
Thousands of people have set the picture of Afzal Guru as their profile picture while most have preferred to keep it as black as a mark of protest.