US, UK warn on travel to North East India after clashes on anti-Muslim law

Posted In: News Date:Dec 14th, 2019

GUWAHATI: Washington and London on Saturday issued travel warnings for northeast India as opponents of a new citizenship law geared up for more protests, following days of clashes that saw two people killed and dozens injured.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) — approved this week — allows for the fast-tracking of applications from religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but not Muslims.

The United States and Britain warned their nationals to "exercise caution" if travelling to the wider northeast region.

In a statement issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the United Kingdom has urged visitors to the northeast to avoid “all but essential” travel and “monitor local media” for the latest information about the circumstances around them.

The United States also asked citizens to to “exercise caution” in the context of protests and violence against the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

“The US government has temporarily suspended official travel to Assam,” Washington said.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the controversial bill late on Thursday, signing it into law, Gulf News reported.