The U.S. Consulate Mumbai alerts U.S. citizens that protests are occurring in various cities across the state of Gujarat. According to media reports, large groups of protestors have gathered in various locations, including the cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Mehsana. Protests are related to the extension of state benefits. Media reports also indicate that daytime curfews have been put in place in certain locations, major roads may be closed, schools may be closed, and public transportation services may be suspended or severely limited.
Spontaneous and planned demonstrations take place in India from time to time in response to world events or local developments. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent. Please avoid the areas where demonstrations are occurring and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gatherings. Please stay current with media coverage of local events, be aware of your surroundings, and practice personal security awareness at all times.
U.S. citizens are also advised to keep the following emergency phone numbers handy:
Police – 100 or 07925628217(in Ahmedabad)
The U.S. Consulate in Mumbai is closely monitoring this situation, and strongly encourages U.S. citizens in Western India to do so as well. Please share this message with other U.S. citizens who might not have received it.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at 022-2672-4398; and by e-mail at MumbaiACS@state.gov. After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling the Consulate switchboard at 022- 2672-4000 and dialing 0 to speak to the receptionist on duty.