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13 Feb 2019 | 11:41 PM UTC

India: Two-day shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir February 13-14

India News Alert

Two-day shutdown called by Kashmiri separatists February 13-14; transportation and business disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

Kashmiri separatists announced a two-day shutdown strike on Wednesday, February 13, and Thursday, February 14, to protest legal challenges to Article 35-A and Article 370 of the constitution granting special privileges to Kashmir. According to local sources, significant business and transportation disruptions were reported in Srinagar on Wednesday. Continuing disruptions are to be expected in Srinagar and other areas in Jammu and Kashmir state on Thursday.

Context

Separatists 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.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. As a reminder, some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.

 

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