Hi Phil I'm off to Assam in March. Staying for the most of the time on a tea plantation but is there anywhere that I should avoid?
Dot, the campaign for independence has been going on since 1979 reaching its peak a few years ago when the main group, Ulfa, started targeting Hindi speakers in an indiscriminate bombing campaign. Tourists have not been deliberately targeted, but indiscriminate means you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Just this week an IED was fund (and defused) in a school playground just a few hours before a flag raising ceremony on India's independence day - ULFA is thought responsible. But they're increasingly marginalised. Also this week 700 other 'militants' surrendered and joined the peace process, so the situation is improving.
My best advice is to be particularly careful on days such as independence day, but it's hard to pinpoint any location and say it ought to be avoided. If you're concerned, ring your accommodation and ask them about the local security situation and what precautions they have in place for visitors. If you're not happy with their answer, find another provider who makes you feel safer.
By the way the Australian government advises you to "reconsider your need to travel to Assam" - which MAY have consequences for your travel insurance coverage.... best to give your insurer a call and get some advice before you leave. Let them know you're going to be mostly at the plantation and not wandering around potentially dangerous places. Insurers like to hear that you're taking all reasonable precautions to protect your own safety, otherwise they get nervous.
Phil from the safety hub. about 6 years ago