The number of people from the Northeast fleeing Karnataka,Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra in panic abated on Sunday and no special trains were operated to Guwahati but security personnel kept a tight vigil with the Eid festival falling on Monday.
With no unusual rush being witnessed at Bangalore from where 30,000 Northeasterners had left,Home Minister R Asoka,who a met a three-member Nagaland delegation,told them the exodus had stopped after the government assured them safety. The team comprised two ministers and the IGP
Everything is calm. There is no need to panic, Asoka told reporters after the meeting. We have arrested 16 persons in the city during last three days for intimidating or sending disturbing SMSs to the Northeast population. The situation is under control, he said. Additional DGP Bhaskar Rao said since yesterday,no special trains are plying to Guwahati. The exodus has stopped.
In Chennai,the exit of Northeasterners from the city dwindled with only a few hundred seen at the main central railway station. The police said the number of those leaving,which was around 2,000 every day,had dropped to less than 1,000 on Sunday. A relative decline was also observed in Pune since Saturday night in the number of people,official sources said in Pune. In Mumbai too,no unusual rush was witnessed on the trains heading for West Bengal and Northeast,Central Railway sources said.