The Andhra Pradesh government went into an overdrive on Friday to assure the northeast people here of their safety. State Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy, accompanied by Assam Ministers Pradyut Bordoloi (Power and Industries) and Rockybul Hussain (Forest), visited Siddique Nagar in Gachibowli.

State police chief V. Dinesh Reddy called a press conference to declare that the police would make all efforts to ward off any threat to the northeast people.

Hyderabad saw frenetic activity on Friday, with political parties taking up the cause of safety of the northeast people. While Bharatiya Janata Party’s State president G. Kishen Reddy dashed to Siddique Nagar to speak to people in the morning, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi asked people from that region not to leave the city, pointing out that it belonged to everyone. “No harm would be done to anyone,” he said while broaching the subject at his Youmul Koran speech, immediately after the noon prayers at the historic Mecca Masjid.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad too took up the issue to say it would protect those being threatened.

Northeast Forum of Hyderabad spokesman Sam Khumanthem spoke to people hailing from the northeast and told them not to worry. He said construction workers and security guards were leaving for Assam, while those working in IT companies or other offices were not affected to a large extent.