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06 Sep 2019 | 09:52 AM UTC

India: Landline communications restored in Jammu and Kashmir state September 5 /update 1

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Indian authorities announce the restoration of landline communications in Jammu and Kashmir state September 5; residual disruptions reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

 The Indian government announced on Thursday, September 5, that landline communications have been fully restored in Jammu and Kashmir state after one month of internet services and communication blockages. Residual disruptions were, however, reported, with communications into and out of Kashmir remaining difficult.

Furthermore, restrictions have reportedly been lifted for daytime movements in several localities in Srinagar, though checkpoints and a heavy security presence remain in place.

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After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet services in many areas. Thousands protested the move in Srinagar in the weeks since the announcement and imposition of the curfew, with protesters clashing with security forces and obstructing traffic on major thoroughfares. Business disruptions have also been frequently reported in recent weeks.

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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