November 26th, 2008
10:43 PM ET

India Attacked: How you can ask for help

The American Citizen Services Unit provides emergency services to Americans in the event of death, arrest, illness, missing persons, destitution and other circumstances. However, the type of services provided are limited. For information on those services, please refer to the State Department's website for travelers.

A U.S. citizen who wishes to request emergency assistance can call the American Citizen Services Unit 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (91-22) 2363-3611. Outside business hours, the person should call the Embassy switchboard at (91-22) 2363-3611, dial “0” and request to speak with the "Duty Officer." When calling from the United States, begin by dialing 011-91-22-. When calling from within India but outside Mumbai, please dial 022-2363-3611.

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Filed under: Global 360° • India • India Attacked • Terrorism
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  1. Yash Rege

    First of all the title of this blog should be changed to 'India Attacked' rather than 'India Attacks'..
    Also, I have been watching CNN since yesterday and I have found that some of the comments made by some of your experts are a little bewildering and sometimes hurting. Somebody yesterday called the attacks on Mumbai 'India's 9/11' ..they are probably not aware, being in their position, of the attacks that happen in Mumbai and all across India every year. There was a series of attacks sometime ago on the Mumbai commuter trains where thousands died in a matter of minutes. But the coverage was not as wide and inclusive as now.. Also, the prime coverage of CNN was of the Taj hotel where there were "British and American passpor holders".... fair media is about reporting everything that is going on and since I am from Mumbai and live here in the US I expect that from CNN..I dont expect that from FOX...
    Also, there was a lot of mockery of the Indian authorities when it came to handling the situation... In such a sittuation there is bound to be chaos and I also heard somebody sitting with Erica Hill say that "it is surprising that firemen are rescuing people when the army hasnt cleared the area as being safe...." such things were also seen during 9/11 when every body in the forces were working together to save and help people. I think your coverage could have been handled much better by Anderson than Erica Hill... Also I would like to see better 'experts' on the show than those that try to ridicule a contry's difficult times.

    November 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  2. Ashoke

    India has been experiencing these attacks for quite a few years, with casualities ranging from 1 to 200. The attack did not get much publicity and people would go for their normal lives in hours after the attack. This time terrorists seems to have planned to get on the international radar to include foreigners and jews in their attacks.

    The Indian home minister seems to be always in some dream sequence which plays again and again in a similar way every time such incidents happen. They need to get some one with guts and will to do something. having people with one foot in the grave at the helm of affairs have nothing to lose by sending death warrants to innocent people through their action or should we say inaction.

    The best Indian Government is good at is to blame it on Pakistan. If they are so convinced do what Israel would have done. Rather than resorting to sabre rattling , show some action and drive the damage deep to where this menace is orginating. Given the size of the country they should feel ashamed to be crying wolf all the time.

    I was listening to Michel on CNN. I beleive there are two well funded central intelligence agencies in India and intelligence is not controlled by state governments only. It is right they have become prisoners of their political masters. They are being used to investigate political adversaries rather than for the security of the country.

    November 27, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  3. Goldie

    I have been watching CNN coverage on tv and CNN IBN on the internet and I see a weird contradiction. In one clip when CNN switched to the London bureau the correspondent mentioned that it is suspected that the perpetrators came on skid boats from a cargo ship from Karachi and at the end of the clip the CNN reporter on tv said "suspected home grown terrorists". Another incident the IBN reporter claims that more than 200 military personnel re-enter the Oberoi while CNN tv said no more re-inforcements are arriving at the scene. Whie I do understand a communication breakdown at such times what I cannot understand is why there is not better coordination between sister news agencies on "facts".

    As a Mumbaite with family and close friends back home, I do appreciate CNN's coverage on TV but the incorrect depiction of facts is disturbing.
    I wonder if this horrendous incident would have received so much coverage if there were not so many Westerners involved?
    Nevertheless it is a sad day for Mumbai, India and the world in general.

    November 27, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  4. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

    How can India fight terrorism when politicians like Vaiko and Karunanidhi openly campaign for terrorist groups like LTTE that assasinated Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi? India needs political unity against terrorism.

    November 27, 2008 at 8:17 am |
  5. RKB

    India has been patient too long and has been a victim of terrorism for decades. The lack of political will to act firmly against the perpetrator and mastermind of this proxy war (Pakistan's ISI) is probably interpreted by terrorist organizations as cowardice.

    It is time for India to act aggressively to these attacks. A swift response would be to take out the top brass of ISI.

    ISI is on the verge of dismantling and this is their way of surviving – engage India and Pakistan in a full scale war. Instead India should swiftly take out the top brass with minimal collateral damage.

    November 27, 2008 at 12:00 am |
  6. jeff

    Just a few questions:
    Why are Muslims being blamed again without any concrete evidence?
    Why only the police officers that were investigating Hindu terrorism in India for past few weeks were one of the first ones to be killed?
    Why Maharashtra was so open for alleged , “muslim terrorists”, when BJP has such a strong hold on the city of Mumbai that politicians like Raj Thackeray can butcher a birthday cake that had the word “Bhaiyya” (Bhaiyya is a word for Biharis in India) written on it publicly?
    Why authorities or media are not looking into other possibilities?
    Why are the terrorists keeping hostages and not identify themselves or start negotiations?
    Why are the terrorists not killing themselves just as supposed Islamic terrorists have done in the past?
    Why are Indian journalists talking about an “encounter” (term for killing suspects in police shoot out) instead of actually an attempt to “arrest” the perpetrators and investigate who they really are and what are their intentions?
    For those who target Muslims without answering all the above mentioned questions kindly learn to speculate, investigate, analyze and than come to a conclusion.

    November 26, 2008 at 11:59 pm |

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