US asks its citizens not to visit Hyderabad
The US government alerted its citizens to be cautious during their visit to that country and asked them to defer their travel to Andhra Pradesh as violence continues over issue of separate Telangana state. The State Department recommends that US citizens defer all non-essential travel to Telangana and certain parts of Hyderabad
The Travel Alert said, “There continues to be a possibility of violence in the south-central Indian state of Andhra Pradesh over the contentious issue of creating a separate state.”
The Us State Department said, “Andhra Pradesh continues to experience episodic civil unrest as pro and anti-statehood political groups rally supporters to their respective causes. A number of strikes have shut down schools and businesses, making it at times difficult to obtain essentials such as gasoline. Protesters have targeted public transportation, attacking trains and burning numerous buses. Public transport networks have been forced to shut down several times.”
“There have been repeated clashes between police and protesters, damage to private property, and a number of deaths and injuries associated with the disturbances. Government security forces have been augmented in many parts of the state, especially in Hyderabad and in the Telangana region,” said the travel alert.