Saudi Arabia issues travel advisory for India

Saudi Arabia issues travel advisory for India
Saudi Arabia issues travel advisory for India

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Earlier, US, UK and Canada have warned their citizens against visiting the northeastern states of India.

Protests against a divisive new citizenship law raged on Saturday as Saudi Arabia issued travel warnings for northeast India following days of violent clashes that have killed three people so far.

The Embassy of Saudi Arabia to India issued a travel advisory on Saturday for its citizens to exercise caution due to the ongoing protests in the northeast Indian states.The Embassy also urged its citizens to avoid their trips to the northeastern states.

People of these states are protesting against Citizenship Amendment ACT for over a week now.

Earlier, the US, UK and Canada also warned its citizens against visiting the northeastern states of India due to the ongoing protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Tens of thousands of protesters against Citizenship Amendment Bill- which has now become a law, have taken to the streets of northeast since Wednesday, clashing with police and plunging the region into a chaos.

Protests turned violent in West Bengal state, a hotbed of political unrest, with at least 20 buses and parts of two railway stations set on fire as demonstrators blocked roads and set fire to tyres. No injuries were reported.

Tensions also simmered in Guwahati in Assam state, the epicentre of the unrest, where medical staff said two people were shot dead and 26 hospitalised late Thursday after security forces fired live rounds.

Assam police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told the Press Trust of India late Saturday that 85 people have been arrested in connection with the protests, and that officials are working to identify violent demonstrators caught on video.

Anticipating further unrest, authorities extended an internet ban across Assam until Monday. Most shops were shut and anxious residents stocked up on supplies Saturday when the curfew was relaxed during the day.

With inputs from AFP, IANS

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