The Assam government on Sunday went into emergency mode to check any possibility of post-Eid violence as chief minister Tarun Gogoi asked his counterparts across the country not to allow the running of special trains in a bid to stem the exodus of northeasterners.
Northeast students, who fled Mumbai after rumours of attacks, on their arrival at Guwahati railway station. PTI Photo
"This (exodus) sends the wrong signal to our people and to people elsewhere," he said.
Blaming the communal clashes in western Assam on "outside forces in collaboration with certain internal forces", Gogoi invited three former police chiefs for a brainstorming session with the state’s chief secretary and top administration and police officials to tackle a possible outbreak of violence after Eid on Monday.
"This Eid will be a mixture of joy and grief, given the fact that thousands of people are in relief camps. I make a fervent appeal to all to ensure the that the reign of peace starts from the Eid celebration," CM said.
On the Union home ministry’s assertion that hate campaigns emanating from Pakistan fuelled the communal clashes in Assam and the exodus of Northeast students, Gogoi said he had long believed that foreign forces were bent upon destabilising India, let alone Assam.
"This is nothing new, and home ministry has vindicated my belief. The epicentre of Naga insurgency was in a foreign country as were communal and ethnic clashes in Assam since 1960. Latest violence is an outcome of outside forces," he said.
Gogoi said the attack on Guwahati-bound trains in West Bengal was a matter of concern. "We have received reports of four persons having been killed and nine injured. A team of officials have proceeded to Siliguri to take stock of the situation," he said.