US travel advisory for North East, urges citizens to ‘train warning’

Dec 14, 2019 01:05 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec 14 (ANI): The United States has issued a travel advisory for its citizens to “exercise caution” whereas travelling to the states in North East India and the US authorities has briefly suspended “official travel” to Assam, amid studies of protests in opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
In a press release on Friday, the US Embassy additionally listed out precautions for its citizens at the moment staying within the northeastern states advising them to keep away from areas with demonstrations and civil disturbances and to maintain 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.
“Avoid areas with demonstrations and civil disturbances. Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local media for updates. Review your personal security plans. Notify friends and family of your safety. Follow the instructions of local authorities,” the advisory added.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 grew to become an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday gave his assent to it. With the federal government placing its weight behind it, the Bill simply sailed by each the Houses of Parliament.
The Citizenship Amendment Act has triggered protests within the nation, particularly in Assam, the place curfew has been imposed in some areas.
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 dealing with non secular 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 go by them. (ANI)

2019-12-14 01:05:14

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