Foreign travel advice
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in India. Terrorist attacks are carried out by a number of terrorist and insurgent groups including Lashkar-e Tayyiba, Jaish-e Mohammed and the Indian Mujahideen. There have been recent media reports suggesting Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) interest in attacking targets in India. There may be an increased threat to places visited by British nationals such as religious sites, markets, festival venues and beaches.
While the main focus of terrorist attacks has been against Indian government interests, terrorists have also targeted places visited by westerners including public places like restaurants, hotels, railway stations, markets, places of worship, festivals and sporting venues. Be vigilant, especially in public places. Always monitor local media before planning your travel for any local travel warnings. If you see unattended baggage, report it promptly. Security has been strengthened, notably at major hotels and transport hubs (airports, railway and metro stations). Take particular care in the lead up to and on days of national significance, like Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August), Diwali (19 October 2017) and Eid (26 June 2017).
In some areas terrorist incidents are frequent, especially Jammu and Kashmir (excluding Ladakh) and less frequently in parts of the north east.
On 7 March 2017 an explosion on a passenger train travelling between Bhopal and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh injured a number of passengers.
On 27 July 2015, terrorists attacked a police station in Dinanagar in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab causing several fatalities.
On 2 November 2014, there was an explosion that caused multiple fatalities on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border crossing after the flag lowering ceremony.
On 2 May 2014, alleged militants shot civilians in two separate incidents in Kokrajhar, Assam. Eleven civilians are reported to have been killed. There are no reports of foreigners being involved.
On 1 May 2014, there were 2 explosions at Chennai central railway station. No foreigners are reported to have been involved.
On 12 April 2014, Maoist rebels carried out 2 separate attacks in the state of Chhattisgarh. Seven election officials and 5 policemen were killed in the attacks. No foreigners are reported to have been involved.
On 11 March 2014, a Police patrol was ambushed by Maoist rebels in the Tongpal area of Sukma in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. 16 policemen were killed and 25 injured in the attack. No foreigners were involved.
In November 2008 terrorists attacked a number of sites in Mumbai, including luxury hotels, a railway station and a restaurant. Over 160 people were killed and more than 300 were injured. British nationals were among the casualties.
A number of insurgent groups are active in Assam and there are random incidents of violence and killings. Violent extremist groups are also active in the rural areas of Jharkand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and in parts of Bihar and West Bengal.
On 27 October 2013 multiple bomb explosions in Patna killed 6 people and injured at least 80. No British nationals are reported to have been involved.
On 28 December 2014 there was a blast in central Bangalore Church Street which killed one person and injured another. No British nationals are reported to have been involved.
Two Italian tourists were abducted by a group of Maoists from the Daringbadi area of Kandhamal district in Orissa on 14 March 2012. They were subsequently released after prolonged negotiations. Foreign visitors had not previously been targeted by Maoists. The Odisha government has recently imposed severe restrictions on the movement of tourists, especially foreign tourists, inside areas inhabited by tribes-people.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
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