The government has been forced to suspend cellular phone services to the Batticaloa region as part of the efforts to deny information to the LTTE.
A senior military official said this was necessary to prevent the enemy from receiving information relating to ongoing action in the area. On and off suspension of services would be essential, he said, expressing regret over inconvenience caused to the subscribers. `But we have no option,` he said, adding, `Over the years, the cellular phone has become a vital tool in the hands of the LTTE.`
Disconnection of cellular phone services in Batticaloa district since March 6 has resulted in many cellphone related activities being suspended causing loss of employment for the repair technicians as well as those involved in sale of cell phones, SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards and refill cards, pro-LTTE Tamil Net reported on Tuesday.
In addition CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) telephone call connections have been disconnected causing great inconvenience to the users.
The disconnection of cell phone services and CDMA telephone connections has resulted in an increase in the price of cable telephones.
However, all connections provided by Sri Lanka Telecom had been stopped until further notice, the website reported.