The United States issued this Friday a warning to its citizens asking them to exercise “greater caution” while traveling to India due to “crime and terrorism.” He further advised them not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir.
As part of the new advisory, the US State Department lowered the travel advisory level for India to 2 on a scale of 1 to 4, with the latter being the highest.
“Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism,” the State Department said.
“Do not travel to: The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern region of Ladakh and its capital Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest. Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict “, said.
A day ago, the State Department issued another warning putting Pakistan at Level 3 and asking its citizens to reconsider their travel plans, especially in the restive provinces of the country due to terrorism and sectarian violence.
The travel advisory further reads: “Indian authorities report that rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crimes, such as sexual assault, have occurred at tourist sites and elsewhere.”
The warning said “terrorists can attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist sites, transport hubs, markets/shopping malls and government facilities”.
“The US government has limited capacity to provide emergency services to US citizens in rural areas from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana to West Bengal, as US government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas,” the travel advisory said.
(With contributions from agencies)
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