The US today issued an advisory asking its citizens to avoid visiting areas where protests are taking place in Karnataka, including Bengaluru city, and review their personal security plans.
The security advisory comes in the wake of violent protests in various parts of Bengaluru city, where a number of American companies, including IT firms have offices.
“Tensions in Karnataka, including the city of Bengaluru (Bangalore) continue to run high following a Supreme Court order that Karnataka release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Sections of the Bangalore-Mysore highway are closed due to protests.
“There have been reports of Tamil Nadu-plated trucks being stoned and burned. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits the gatherings of ten or more people, has been imposed in Bangalore city. As a result, many businesses and companies throughout Bangalore are closed. Local law enforcement has advised that they are tracking the situation and are prepared to respond appropriately,” the advisory by US Consulate General, Chennai, said.
It asked American nationals to avoid visiting areas where demonstrations are taking place.
“US citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
“Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” it added.