India: Violence in Bangalore may delay services
Violent protests erupted in Bangalore Monday following a Supreme Court ruling directing the state of Karnataka to provide more water to the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.
Protestors raided shops and set cars on fire, according to numerous media outlets. Authorities said they were invoking a section of the criminal code that restricts public.
What does the change mean? Foreign nationals in Bangalore or other areas affected by violence should take personal care and observe security measures. Anyone in need of immigration services should be prepared for possible delays in service. Those with appointments should contact the relevant office or visa center to check whether the office is open and determine whether they need to change appointment times.
- Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
- Who is affected: Anyone seeking immigration or other government services.
- Impact on processing times: Processing may take longer than usual in Bangalore and other areas affected by protests.
- Next steps: BAL will continue to monitor events in Bangalore and provide updates as needed.
Background: India’s Supreme Court ruled on a long-running water dispute between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, angering residents of Karnataka by directing the state to provide more water to its neighbor. Protestors in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka and one of India’s leading technology hubs, erupted into violence following the ruling. Authorities invoked Section 144 of the criminal procedure code to restrict public assembly. It remained unclear what public services would be available in the coming days. Even before the protests escalated Monday, the U.S. State Department urged U.S. nationals in Bangalore to avoid demonstrations, monitor local media and maintain a “high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”
BAL Analysis: Employers should account for all employees in or near Bangalore. Those in the area should follow security measures and avoid unnecessary travel. Foreign nationals in need of immigration or other government services should be prepared for delays in processing and should check with the relevant office before traveling to a consulate or visa center for an appointment.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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