Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kolkata January 19, 2018

Security Notice

Location:  Brigade Parade Grounds, Kolkata (January 19, 2019), near Victoria Memorial.

Event:  A large political rally is scheduled to take place from 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 in Kolkata, at Brigade Parade Grounds near the Victoria Memorial.  As many as five million people may participate in this rally.  The rally may result in significant public transportation delays and congestion throughout the day.

It is recommended that everyone take reasonable precautions regarding personal security and avoid any large crowds.

Actions to Take

  • Avoid areas with demonstrations and civil disturbances.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Do not draw attention to yourself.
  • Review your personal security plans.


  • The U.S. Embassy New Delhi is located at Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri 110021; telephone: +91-11-2419-8000; website:
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay) is located at C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051; telephone: +91-22-2672-4000.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras) is located at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006; telephone: +91-44-2857-4000.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (Calcutta) is located at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone: +91-33-3984-2400.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad is located at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500003; telephone: +91-40-4033-8300.
  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide CautionTravel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and India Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • U.S. State Department – Consular Affairs; telephone: 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).