U.S. Consulate asks its citizens in Chennai to review personal security plans

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec. 5 : The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai has temporarily suspended appointments for routine services to U.S. citizens and visa applicants and will operate with reduced staffing today following Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa suffering a heart attack last night.

A statement issued by the Consulate said that the applicants will be informed by email and the Consulate will provide updates when routine services are restored.

"Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.

Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security." the statement read.

The consulate U.S. citizens requiring emergency services may contact the Consulate at +91-44-2857-4000. In the event there is no response at this phone number, please direct your request for emergency services to the U.S.

Embassy in New Delhi at +91-11-2419-8000. Consulate asked U.S. citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations and also advised them that even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

Source: ANI