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18 Aug 2019 | 09:48 PM UTC

India: Movement restrictions reinstated in Srinagar August 18 /update 5

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Movement restrictions reinstated in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir state) August 18 after clashes reported August 17-18; internet and mobile phone services remain blocked

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

Restrictions on movement were reinstated in Srinagar on Sunday, August 18, following clashes between protesters and police overnight (local time) from Saturday, August 17, into Sunday that left dozens of people wounded. The clashes primarily took place in the Rainawari, Nowhatta, and Gojwara areas of the city. Roadblocks remained in place in Srinagar on Sunday and internet and mobile phone services remained blocked despite recent assurances from state government officials that authorities were moving to ease the crackdown in Jammu and Kashmir state, including planning to open primary schools in Srinagar on Monday, August 19, and progressively easing movement and other curfew restrictions, as well as restoring service on telephone landlines.

Lingering disruptions to transportation and business are to be expected in Jammu and Kashmir state over the coming days amid heightened security measures. Further protest activity and associated clashes between demonstrators and police cannot be ruled out. 

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After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landlines and internet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, prepare for lingering disruptions, 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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