Where travellers are concerned, probably the most important thing that may affect your health in Srinagar is the political situation. The capital city of Kashmir used to be pretty well-known in the country as a hotbed of violence and bloody demonstrations, although the past decade has seen it calming down remarkably. That said, there have still been a few (not a lot, mind you) incidents in the area that have had many tourists concerned about their safety, including the abduction of an Indian journalist travelling through the region. Another problem, perhaps the darker side of the supposed “calming down” of Srinagar’s demonstrators, is that people allege that the 35,000 or so of the Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF and around 4,000 J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) police have been responsible for a handful of the cases in the ICUs and ERs of hospitals in the district.
To be clear, the allegations have it that the casualties are generally people who have been seen in or near demonstrations, which makes [Read more…]