The Indian government, as of 06:00 (local time) on Monday, August 5, has reportedly imposed a curfew in several areas of Jammu and Kashmir state after placing several prominent local politicians under house arrest. Officials have banned any large gathering or public meeting of more than four people, and schools and other educational institutions were ordered to remain closed on Monday until further notice. Local media outlets have also reported on Monday morning that landlines and internet services are blocked in many areas.
A heightened security presence and an increase in military operations are anticipated in Jammu and Kashmir state over the coming days and weeks. Protests opposing the increased security measures are possible despite the ban on large gatherings.
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.
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. 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.
Following a cabinet meeting on Monday morning, Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which accords Jammu and Kashmir a special status, be revoked. He also proposed that Jammu and Kashmir be reorganised as a Union Territory with an Assembly, and Ladakh be a separate Union Territory with no legislature.
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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