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14 Aug 2019 | 10:37 AM UTC

India: Curfew lifted in Jammu and to be eased in Kashmir after Independence Day August 15 /update 3

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Authorities announce curfew removal in Jammu on August 14, and will be eased in Kashmir state on August 15; communications remain limited

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

On Wednesday, August 14, authorities have announced that the curfew imposed on Jammu has been lifted. The curfew in Kashmir should be eased following Independence Day on Thursday, August 15. However, restrictions overs communications are expected to persist, with landlines and internet services blocked in several areas of Jammu and Kashmir state.

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 increased security measures are possible despite a ban on large gatherings.

Context

Following a cabinet meeting on August 5, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which accords Jammu and Kashmir a special autonomous status, be revoked. He also proposed that Jammu and Kashmir be reorganized as a Union Territory with an Assembly, and Ladakh be a separate Union Territory with no legislature.

After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, along with a blockage of landlines and internet services in many areas. Thousands protested the move in Srinagar on August 9, with Indian police firing tear gas and pellets to disperse demonstrators. On August 10, rocks, wooden structures, and other objects placed by demonstrators on a major road blocked traffic; shops were also closed in the city.

Advice

Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests, 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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