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HindustanTimes Wed,23 Apr 2014

NE students exodus growing, two special trains provided from Bangalore

Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 15, 2012
First Published: 22:01 IST(15/8/2012) | Last Updated: 00:20 IST(16/8/2012)

With growing reports of local groups threatening students from the northeastern states to exit Karnataka, the railway ministry has provided two special trains to students hailing from the region to leave for their home states.

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"Just trains won't do, the government should also provide security to the students in the trains," Biren Baishya, member of parliament, told HT.

Baishya had also met Union home secretary RK Singh on Wednesday on the issue seeking safety for northeastern students.

"I also spoke to the Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar besides the railway minister of state KH Muniyappa who also hails from Karnataka."

There has been an exodus of students hailing from the northeastern states after threatening and warnings from local groups.

These warnings have come in the aftermath of violence against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in Bodoland areas in Assam.

There have been reports of such threats from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune etc.

On Tuesday, the Centre had asked states to take all possible steps to ensure security for people hailing from the northeastern states.

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