Since there has been anti-citizenship act (CAA) protests fanning across many India states including the national capital New Delhi, the world has shown concern for their citizens who are in India or planning to visit India.
Several countries have deemed India as unsafe to travel amid the protests and have advised their citizens to be “vigilant and avoid the areas of protest”.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the CAA, which has cleared by the parliament last week. From Northeast to the national capital New Delhi, from the business hub Mumbai to Indian Silicon valley Bengaluru there has been anti CAA protests. While in some places these protests turned violent and in police action many have been injured mostly students.
People believe this law is divisive and against the fundaments of Indian constitution. It exclusion of Muslims from the legislation that fast tracks citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Christians who have arrived from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, or Pakistan.
Among other countries Russia, US, UK, Israel, Canada and Singapore has asked their citizens to exercise caution while travelling to the cities which have been witnessing violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.
The ministry of foreign affairs of Russia on their official twitter handle said, “Russian nationals currently in India or planning to visit the country soon are advised to be vigilant and cautious, avoid crowds and refrain from visiting areas controlled by protestors. Follow our updates.”
While the US Embassy in New Delhi has asked their citizens to avoid areas with “demonstrations and civil disturbances”.
The advisory has asked the citizens to stay away from crowded places and also to remain alert, and get in touch with the embassy for any additional information.
“Exercise a high degree of caution due to a continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country at all times,” reads the advisory by the Canada.
The government has also recommended citizens to avoid “non-essential travel” to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland and avoid all travel to the western border with Bangladesh.
UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues notice for its citizens “Demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are taking place in some parts of the country. There have been violent protests including in Delhi, Assam, Tripura and West Bengal. Internet and mobile services have been suspended in parts of Assam and West Bengal. Curfews have been imposed in some areas and transport has been affected.”
“Further disruptions, including in other parts of India, may take place without prior notice. You should exercise caution, monitor local media for the latest information, follow instructions of the local authorities and allow more time for travel.”
Israel last week warned its citizens to “completely avoid” going to Assam because of violent protests.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry also warned against going to other states in the area due to the possibility of the violent protests spreading around.
The UAE Embassy in New Delhi also issued advisory and asked citizens to stay away from protest zones.