Updated: Dec 14, 2019 03:07 IST
New Delhi [India], Dec 14 (ANI): Amid protests in northeastern states of India in opposition to the amended Citizenship Act, many nations together with US, UK, France and Canada have issued journey advisories for his or her citizens asking them to “exercise caution” whereas travelling to the area.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that grew to become an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday gave his assent to it, has triggered protests within the nation, particularly in Assam, the place curfew has been imposed in some areas.
“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,” stated the UK’ Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in an announcement.
Likewise, the US Embassy has additionally listed out precautions for its citizens at present staying within the northeastern states advising them to keep away from areas with demonstrations and civil disturbances and to preserve a “low profile”.
“U.S. citizens in the northeastern states of India should exercise caution in light of media reports of protests and violence in response to the approval of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Government curfews are in place in some areas. Internet and mobile communications may be disrupted. Transport may be affected in various parts of the region. Protests have also been reported in other parts of the country. The U.S. government has temporarily suspended official travel to Assam,” the assertion learn.
According to the Act, members of the Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities, who’ve come from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh until December 31, 2014, and have been going through spiritual persecution there, won’t be handled as unlawful immigrants and granted Indian citizenship.
According to an official notification, the Act won’t apply to the “tribal area of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and the area covered under ‘The Inner Line’ notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.”
Currently, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur fall underneath the Inner Line Permit (ILP). These areas require Indians from different states to get ‘ILP’ to enter or cross by them.
The French authorities has additionally suspended air transport and requested its citizens to “stay away” from gathering.
“Following the voted on new Citizenship Law (CAB), general strikes, demonstrations and scuffles with the police broke out in several cities in the states of Assam and Tripura. Air Transport to Assam is suspended for the moment. It is recommended to stay away from any gathering to regularly follow the news and to records of the Indian authorities,” it added.
Similarly, Canada has additionally requested its citizens to train warning and suggested them to “check with your airline or tour operator to determine if the situation will affect your travel plans”. (ANI)