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US, Canada issue India travel advisory amid CAB violence

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on December 14, 2019
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(PTI)

Avoid 'non-essential travel to the northeast'.

After United States, now Canada has asked its citizens to avoid "non-essential travel to the northeast in view of the ongoing protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.

Canada embassy issued a travel advisory on Saturday for its citizens requesting them to avoid their trip to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.

The embassy has also stated that internet and mobile communications has been temporarily suspended and transport facilities have also been affected in various parts of the northeast region.

People of these states are protesting against Citizenship Amendment ACT for over a week now.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) also advise against all travel to north-eastern states, especially in Manipur and Assam - still experience sudden and random outbreaks of violence. Review your security arrangements carefully, seek advice from the local authorities and avoid large crowds.

The advisory added:

Demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) are taking place in some parts of the country. There have been reports of violent protest in North East India, especially in Assam and Tripura. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Guwahati (Assam) and mobile internet services have been suspended in 10 districts of Assam. Transport may be affected in various parts of the region. You should exercise caution if you're planning to travel in North East India, monitor local media for the latest information, follow instructions of the local authorities and allow more time for travel.

Earlier, the US government also warned its citizens against visiting the northeastern states of India due to the ongoing protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Tens of thousands of protesters against CAB - which has now become a law, have taken to the streets of northeast since Wednesday, clashing with police and plunging the region into a chaos.


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