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US, UK, other countries warn citizens against travelling NE India

Washington/London: Several countries, including the US, UK, Israel Canada, and Singapore, have asked their citizens to exercise caution while traveling to Northeast India which has witnessed violent protests against the amended citizenship act.

The newly amended citizenship law, which provides for granting citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, has put the Northeast on the boil, where people fear that it may exacerbate the problem of.

In the regular travel advice section constantly updated by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for all countries, British nationals have been advised to exercise caution while undertaking all but essential travel to the region.

“The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the state of Manipur, except the state capital Imphal and the Meiti Valley areas, which include Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, and the Imphal War Cemetery,” reads the updated advisory.

The UK online advisory continues to advise against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir, including tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, Srinagar and the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a travel notice for Northeast India, advising Singaporeans traveling there to “exercise vigilance and caution”.

“Travel conditions are difficult due to street protests and cancellation of some flight and train services. Mobile data have also been restricted in some areas,” Singapore’s Channel News Asia quoted MFA as advising.

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