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Two special trains on way to Guwahati, says Gogoi

PTI 16 Aug 2012, 16:36:56 PM IST
Guwahati, Aug 16: Two special trains carrying panic-stricken students and professionals of Northeast have left Bangalore for here, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said today.

“Two special trains left Bangalore yesterday and the government has taken all precaution,” he told reporters here.

Making it clear that there was no major incident in Maharashtra and Kerala as was being rumoured, he said only in Pune there were some attacks on the people from the north east and urged the people not to panic.

“Yes there is a large sought of exodus but there is no major incident. They (people from the north east) should not come back as they have to study and work in these states. If somebody wants to come back it can be arranged”, he said, adding the situation in Maharashtra and Kerala was normal.  

Gogoi today appealed to students and people from Assam and other parts of the Northeast to refrain from rushing back to their home states in panic.

“I appeal to students and other persons especially those who are in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, that they should not get panicked and (not) rush back. Rumour mongering is on, but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has personally talked to the chief ministers of the two states to ensure security,” Gogoi told reporters here.

The Chief Minister made the comment in the wake of reports of mass exodus of people, particularly students, who were fearing a backlash following the widespread violence in lower Assam.

He said a ministerial team would leave for Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh tomorrow and assured that there was absolutely no need to panic. “The situation is normal,” he said.  

Asked to comment on the recent violence in lower Assam districts under the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District, Gogoi said the situation is gradually returning to normal.  

“Stray incidents have been reported here and there, but one should not panic. Most of the victims have started returning to their homes from the relief camps, he said.