Reports from the south of Kashmir are claiming that Indian military personnel are stopping people at checkpoints and demanding to search their smartphones for the presence of a VPN. This practice has been reported in four separate villages across the region; Anantnag, Shopian, Khonmoh and Kulgam.
A senior journalist working in the region, Sanam Aijaz, reported that he was driving back down the national highway through southern Kashmir when he was stopped close to Lethpora area.
Soldiers reportedly asked him if he was using a VPN which he readily confirmed he was. According to Aijaz, this information “provoked” them and it was only after he was recognized by a local police officer that the soldiers backed down. “I told them it’s just a VPN, not an AK-47,” he said.
Another student from a village in the south of Kashmir claimed to News Click that he was stopped and asked if there VPNs on his smartphone. “I had installed five of them. So, they beat me up,” he said.
A VPNCompare.co.uk source on the ground in Kashmir told us that “today in our locality twelve people were caught by the army because they found VPNs in their phones. Now they will torture them!”