Indian security forces announced on Thursday, August 1, that an additional 28,000 soldiers have been deployed to the Kashmir Valley. Officials did not provide a reason for the sudden deployment. According to local media sources, all major entry and exit points into the city of Srinagar are under the control of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) personnel along with a limited local police presence. The Ministry of Home Affairs had previously ordered 10,000 more soldiers to deploy to the region during the previous week to assist in counterterrorism operations.
A heightened security presence and an increase in military operations are anticipated in Jammu and Kashmir state, particularly around Srinagar, over the coming days and weeks.
Separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Around 70,000 people have been killed and many more injured in related violence, uprisings, and military crackdowns. Indian security personnel have been conducting frequent security operations and have clashed with suspected militants in recent months.
Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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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