On August 25, 2017, a verdict is due in the court case of the head of the Dera Sacha Sauda spiritual organization; high alerts and a ban on unauthorized gatherings are in place in Chandigarh until August 25, and in Panchkula, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Hissar (Haryana) and Zirakpur (Punjab) until August 30, due to the possibility of violence in these areas following the verdict.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: Avoid large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities, monitor local media, and keep in touch with your travel company. Local road and rail travel may be significantly disrupted during this period.
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- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and India Country Specific Information at https://travel.state.gov.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call 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).
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