Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Wednesday talked to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in the wake of a youth from Uttar Pradesh being beaten up in a local train in Mumbai.
Patil spoke over telephone to the Chief Minister amidst suggestions from the Centre that the state administration should remain cautious and alert in the wake of possibilities of linking the death of a weapon-wielding youth from Bihar in a police shootout to attacks on north Indians in the state.
Minister of State for Home Shakil Ahmed told PTI that since these are very sensitive times, Maharashtra should be extra careful.
He said Maharashtra government has informed the Centre that the death of the UP migrant was due to clash between two groups of youngsters on sitting arrangement in a local train.
A Home Ministry spokesman said details have been sought from the state government about the incident, which came close on the heels of the death of Rahul Raj, a youth from Patna, who was shot dead by the police in a Mumbai bus on Monday.
Rahul had held a bus load of passengers hostage in Mumbai with a country-made revolver.