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08/08/2019 2:17 PM IST | Updated 08/08/2019 2:24 PM IST

Govt Sets Up 2 Helplines For Kashmiris To Contact Families Back Home

Communication services, including internet and phone, have been shut down in Jammu and Kashmir for over 3 days.

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A Kashmiri, who works in Bangalore, holds a piece of paper addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest against the government revoking Kashmir's special constitutional status in Bangalore, Aug. 5, 2019.

The government has set up two helplines for residents outside Jammu and Kashmir, the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar said on Thursday.

The two numbers can be used by residents and students outside Jammu and Kashmir to reach their families in the Union territory.

Communication services, including internet and phone, have been shut down in Jammu and Kashmir since Sunday midnight. On Monday, the government announced it was abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and splitting the state into two union territories.

The Indian Parliament approved a resolution and bill to this effect on Tuesday.

The resolution was adopted by Lok Sabha with 351 members voting in its support and 72 against it, while one member abstained. The bill to create two UTs ― Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh ― was passed by 370 votes in favour and 70 against. Modi was present in the House.

The resolution and the bill were approved by Rajya Sabha on Monday.