Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning a visit to Jammu and Kashmir state on Sunday, February 3. Modi is expected to visit the cities of Jammu, Srinagar, and Leh on Sunday to inaugurate various development and tourism programs. A heightened security presence is expected in the lead up to the visit, including mobile checkpoints, increased police and paramilitary deployments, and perimeter security. Similar measures are also likely at Jammu Airport (IXJ), Srinagar's Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport (SXR), and Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) in Leh, as well as at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Center (SKICC) in Srinagar. Transportation disruptions, including checkpoints and road closures, are possible.
Kashmiri separatist groups are also calling for a complete shutdown during Modi's visit. Business disruptions are likely on Sunday. Public demonstrations were not planned as of Friday, February 1, though remain possible; clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Insurgents have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Some 70,000 people have died and many more have been injured in related violence, uprisings, and military crackdowns. Recently, the Indian government has conducted several security operations in the region amid rising tensions and sporadic violence.
Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to avoid any potential protests as a precaution, anticipate transportation and business disruptions and a heightened security presence during Modi's visit, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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