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Back home, youths recall threat stories

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Guwahati, August 20, 2012
First Published: 00:06 IST(20/8/2012) | Last Updated: 00:08 IST(20/8/2012)

Many people who arrived at the Guwahati railway station by a special train from Bangalore on Sunday morning said they fled the city after being threatened by locals in the wake of the Bodo-Muslim clashes in Assam.


Bikash Phukon, 25, a security supervisor at a super store on MG Road, said some Assamese youths were assaulted by local youths and told to leave before Eid in various localities in the Bangalore.

Security guard Manoj Pegu, 30, who fled from Bangalore with some friends, said, "We were told to leave by some locals on August 13. They said the situation would get worse after Eid. So, we decided to leave the city. I was due for a promotion but I couldn't risk my life. I had to leave my job."

Pankaj Gogoi, 27, who hails from Jorhat in Upper Assam said, "A video clip on the Kokrajhar violence uploaded on the internet agitated local youths, who then went from place to place, threatening tribals from Assam."

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