Ensure safety of North-East people, Centre tells states

Move follows attack on students in Pune

The Centre has issued an advisory to states on ensuring safety of people of North-East origin to avoid revenge attacks on them.

The govternment’s move came close on heels of attack on students from North-East in Pune about a week back. The Union Home Ministry, which has come under attack for its alleged failure to contain the ethnic violence in Assam, has issued advisory to states for giving protection to the people from the North-East residing in their states.Karnataka, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra and Tamil Nadu have especially been directed to keep vigil and deploy additional forces for protection since a large number of people from the North-East stay in these states, ministry sources said.

The ministry in its communiqué told the states that necessary and immediate steps should be taken to stop violence since there have been reports of attack on natives of North-East in Maharashtra and AP. It also emphasized that their call for help should be taken on urgent basis. Though there have been no reports of any untoward incidents, the officials said the police and administration need to be on an alert as the probe in the Pune event revealed that concocted video CDs are being circulated among Muslims to provoke people to take law in their hands.

Clashes between Bodo tribals and immigrant minorities in lower Assam district has claimed 77 lives and left several injured.

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