GUWAHATI, Aug 20 � The people of the North East region living in Karnataka have no reason to be apprehensive and those who left Bangalore following rumours should return to rejoin their jobs, said Assam Transport Minister Chandan Brahma.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Brahma, who , along with Agriculture Minister Nilamani Sen Deka visited Bangalore to take stock of the situation following large scale exodus of people of North East from Karnataka, said that the situation in the State was normal and there was no reason for the people of the region to feel apprehensive.
Brahma said that a few messages and reports of intimidation created panic among the people of the North East living in Karnataka and the Government of that State took immediate action and arrested those involved. The Karnataka Government took all necessary steps to ensure security of the people of the North East and the Home Minister of the State himself visited the Railway station to assure security to the people who wanted to leave the State.
The Minister pointed out that around 20,000 people of the region left Bangalore, but the situation has now improved and the people are gaining confidence. He said that different companies, as well as the people of Karnataka also do not want the people of the NE to leave the State as most of the companies, particularly the IT sector would suffer badly if the people of NE leave the State.
Brahma said that he and Deka met a number of people who wanted to leave Bangalore in the Railway station and most of them said that they were leaving because of pressure from their homes. They also vowed to return as soon as the situation improves, he added.
The Assam Ministers, during their stay in Bangalore, had talks with the Ministers of Karnataka as well as with senior officials and �we are satisfied with the steps taken by the Government for ensuring security of the people of NE,� Brahma said. He further revealed that they also met students and guardians, members of the Assam Association and representatives of the people of other NE States living in Bangalore. The city police commissioner was also present in the meeting and requested all to call police immediately if any of them receive any threat from anyone.