US, Britain, Canada issue travel advisories to citizens against visiting India's northeast


In Assam, the internet services were snapped in several places and the suspension has been extended in for 48 hours beginning Thursday noon, said Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Political), Kumar Sanjay Krishna.

On the violent protest against the Act, FACAAB Convenor and senior journalist Manjit Mahanta claimed, "We suspect that the government is behind this".

Friday's funeral procession of 18-year-old Sam Stafford, who was killed in the firing, was attended by hundreds of angry and distraught mourners who shouted, "long live Assam". "We asked him not to go but he went with his friends", the student's aunt Julie Stafford told AFP. Curfew was also relaxed in Shillong during the day as the law and order situation improved.

Pakistan has rejected the Indian Ministry of External Affairs' spokesperson remarks about a tweet of Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding discriminatory citizenship bill passed by the Indian Parliament, ARY News reported on Friday.

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Two Bangladeshi ministers have cancelled their planned visits to India and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has postponed his scheduled summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Assam in wake of the violent protests. Meanwhile, Islamic groups have theorized the bill is a way for Modi to push a Hindu-Nationalist agenda.

He denies this and says that Muslims from the three countries are not covered by the legislation because they have no need of India's protection. Several from the Northeast have claimed that the Citizenship rules puts the indigenous identity of the Northeastern regions at risk by legitimising several migrants, even though the central government has refuted any such claim.

The United States and the United Kingdom have earlier issued travel advisories for tourists from their respective countries to "exercise caution" if they intend to travel to violence-hit northeast India.

The bill, which now awaits approval of President Ram Nath Kovind to become law, would grant citizenship to six minorities from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh - all Muslim-majority nations in South Asia. The petitioners include Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh, two NGOs, Uttar Pradesh's Peace Party, among others.