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The exodus of thousands of natives from the North-East following mysterious threats hurled at them by some anti-social elements continues today as several hundreds are scrambling on to any available train or bus.
Last night, some 4,500 natives had left the City by a special train arranged by the railways.
“The natives from the north-east provide valuable services to the City. They work in security agencies, hotels, restaurants, petrol bunks and shopping malls. Now, there is a manpower crisis as many have left,” said Rakesh Boomihar, manager of a chain of shops.
He said that security agencies preferred N-E natives to the locals as they seem to have more perseverance and suavity.
The Postnoon team caught up with a group of fleeing Assamese at the Secunderabad railway station on Wednesday. They said they saw posters near their quarters that ask ed them to leave or get killed.
“We have been asked to leave the City by August 20 otherwise we will be killed. Also, our families back home in Manipur have been calling us and asking us to return as they fear mob violence will break out in the City. We hope to return to work after things settle down,” said Atul Biren, a 32-year-old Manipuri.
Most of them were found to be leaving their belongings behind and were in a hurry to leave the City. Who is threatening them? “No idea,” they said.
Rumours about anti-Assamese posters being stuck in Anjaih Nagar and Siddiqui Nagar have further spurred tension. Postnoon checked the areas but the posters have disappeared.
Meanwhile, a police piquet has been deployed in these areas. Some who left the City two days ago told those left behind that the hoodlums who threatened them have political support.
Students constitute a major portion of Assamese population within the City. They are unaffected so far.
Upasana Gaya, a student at the University of Hyderabad says, “We cannot believe what is happening in the City. Our parents and relatives have been calling us up every few hours, concerned about our safety. However, we are safe within the University and have not been threatened so far.”
The Assamese were employed in huge numbers by various security agencies and hotels across the City. Their employers now are in a crisis. Viquar Ahmed, general manager of Sharp Security Agency says, “Over 50 per cent of the Assamese staff have left their jobs at various agencies. Their lives have been threatened, especially the Hindus and now they have gone. Even if they do come back, how does one expect them to work with us when people from the City treat them this way?” Bikshapathi Yadav, MLA, Seringampally told Postnoon that he was going to some of the areas where they live.
“I am sad it happens. The police must not just provide them protection but detect the scare mongers and book them. Police must probe the issue,” he said.
People whisper that there is a political party behind the exodus but the police remain evasive on the issue.
Even within the police department in the City, there are two perceptions over what has actually led to this state of things.
DCP, T Yoganand said, “We have not received any information as to what has happened. But as a preventive measure we have deployed police units to maintain order.”
However, Cyberabad commissioner D Tirumala Rao revealed a lot more.
“We had received information that Mailal Saiqi, a 27-year-old from Assam was threatened by some locals. Fearing for his life, he left the City. As to how many Assamese are leaving this City or why they are doing this is not known so far. We have filed a case and are investigating the issue. In the meantime, we have deployed three police units in Siddiqui Nagar and Anjaih Nagar,” he said.
Meanwhile, mayor Mohd Majid Hussain continued to remain out of touch. All efforts to know what he did on the issue proved futile. Deputy mayor Raj Kumar said, “We don’t have information. Will let you know after confirming.”
With inputs from Md Nizamuddin
Assam Sentinel reports from Guwahati
Following the violence in Bodoland, incidents of assault on North-Eastern students, particularly Assam, have been reported from various places in the country. In order to ensure the security of students from Assam, the Assam Police has got in touch with the DGPs and home secretaries of AP and Karnataka. Assam DGP JN Choudhury said, “We are in touch with officials. Helplines have been set up. We are monitoring the situation.” Sources said that CM Tarun Gogoi had also taken up the issue. Some mischief makers are also trying to create panic by spreading rumours. MPs from the Northeast have also written a letter to Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde urging him to ensure the safety of the people.
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