Violent Protests in Northeast: US, UK issue travel advisory

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New Delhi, Dec 14: The United States and the United Kingdom have issued travel advisories for their citizens, asking them to “exercise caution” while travelling to the northeastern states where violent protests is taking place against the amended Citizenship Act.

“Demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Bill are taking place in some parts of the country. There have been reports of violent protest in Northeast India, especially in Assam and Tripura. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Guwahati and mobile internet services have been suspended in 10 districts of Assam,” the United Kingdom’s advisory read, adding that transport may also be affected in various parts of the region.

If there is a need for essential travel, potential travellers should monitor the local media for the latest information, follow instructions provided by local authorities and “allow more time for travel”, it added.

On Thursday night, President Ram Nath Kovind signed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 into Act, triggering massive protests in Northeast, majorly in Assam, where two people were killed.Train services to Assam and Tripura have been suspended while many flights to Guwahati have been cancelled in view of the protests against the Citizenship Act.

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