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04 Apr 2019 | 09:30 PM UTC

India: Civilian traffic banned on Jammu-Srinagar highway until May 31

India News Alert

Civilian traffic banned two days per week on Jammu-Srinagar highway (Jammu and Kashmir state) until May 31; localized transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence expected in affected areas over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/31/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

Event

On Wednesday, April 3, state authorities announced that civilian traffic will be banned on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Jammu and Kashmir state for two days each week over the coming weeks. The restriction will be in effect between Baramulla district (Jammu and Kashmir state) and Udhampur district (Jammu and Kashmir state) from 04:00 to 17:00 (local time) on Sunday and Wednesday of each week until Friday, May 31, to allow for exclusive movement of security envoys as India prepares for general elections.

Localized transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be expected in affected areas over the coming weeks.

Context

The ban comes after a suicide bomber from a Pakistan-based militant group attacked a security convoy at Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir state) and killed 40 Indian security personnel on February 14. The attack has increased tensions between India and Pakistan.

India's general elections will take place in seven phases beginning on April 11.

Advice

Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, prepare for transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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