India reportedly reimposed a curfew in several areas in Jammu and Kashmir state, including in Srinagar, on Sunday, September 8. The curfew aims at avoiding all potential gatherings ahead of and during Muharram celebrations, set to take place as of Tuesday, September 10. The exact time and duration of the curfew remain unclear. A heightened security presence has been reported, with areas in Srinagar closed off.
Commercial and transportation disruptions are to be expected in Jammu and Kashmir state over the coming hours and days. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out in the event of protests.
Muharram is a month of remembrance for Muslims, who mourn from the first night of Muharram and continue for ten nights, culminating with a large procession on the 10th of Muharram, the Day of Ashura.
Tensions remain high across the region after 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After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet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.
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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