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“Avoid Bangaluru”: US issued advisories to its nationals

United States Consulate General in Chennai issued advisory to its citizens to avoid travelling Bangalore due to riots and demonstration going over the Supreme Court order of releasing water to neighboring state Tamilnadu (TN). Yesterday 100 vehicles, 60 travel buses and 40 vehicles with various ranges of goods including vegetables set ablaze.

Two such advisories were released. One on 8 and the other on 12 September 2016. Both were entitled, “Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Protests in Karnataka”.

The advisory released on Monday (12 September) stated that the consulate received reports on stoning and burning of Tamil Nadu-plated trucks. It further mentioned that Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits the gatherings of ten or more people, has been imposed in Bangalore city. Businesses and companies throughout Bangalore are said to be closed.

On the September 8 dated advisory, consulate cited the Indian paper news reports about the protests and demonstrations throughout Karnataka against the Supreme Court order to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

Consulate asked its citizens to review their personal security plans, aware of surroundings, and maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security.

The full text of advisories can be seen at: https://chennai.usconsulate.gov/messages_to_us_citizens.html

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Images: Tamil truck drivers being attacked by mobs in Bangaluru.

Earlier this week, a youth from TN was violently assaulted by mobs in Bangaluru by citing his Facebook post on Cavery issue. Today, videos from Indian news media showed that the truck drivers were beaten up by the mobs. Mobs undressed the Tamil truck drivers, then and beaten to say “Cavery is for Karnataka” in Kannada. Some news reports also showed the photographs Tamil fleeing from Karnataka to TN areas.

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