India Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Mar 15, 2002
This Public Announcement is being issued to inform American citizens of the
potential for continued violence in the state of Gujarat and the deferral of
nonessential U.S. Government-sponsored travel there, except to the region of
Kutch. In addition, the risk of violence in Ayodhya and the surrounding
areas remains high. This Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement
for India dated February 28, 2002, and expires on April 11, 2002.
The western state of Gujarat has been the scene of violent communal clashes.
While the situation has calmed considerably, reports of scattered unrest
continue. The potential exists for renewed violence similar to the mob
attack on a train in the eastern Gujarat city of Godhra on February 27, and
the incidents that occurred in the days following that attack. Army troops
remain deployed in major cities and in other parts of Gujarat. Nonessential
U.S. Government-sponsored travel to Gujarat, except to the region of Kutch,
is being postponed. Private American citizens should also defer travel to
the area. U.S. citizens who decide to travel to Gujarat should register
with the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai and request an update on the
Tensions also remain high in the area of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, where
activists have been demanding that the government allow construction of a
temple to begin. Although construction has been postponed, the potential
for unrest continues. Due to the high risk of violence, U.S. citizens are
strongly urged to avoid travel to Ayodhya or the surrounding areas.
Strikes are common occurrences in India and also have the potential to turn
violent. Americans throughout India should limit their movements during
strikes and should avoid demonstrations and exercise caution in public
areas. In the past, strikes have disrupted public services, including
public transportation and taxis, particularly in large cities. Spontaneous
demonstrations may also occur.