Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy has reiterated that steps have been taken to provide protection for students and employees hailing from the North East though there have been no untoward incidents in the city or State. Ms. Sabitha held a meeting with the police and Home Department officials in the presence of two Assam Ministers -- Rockybul Hussain and Pradyut Bordoloi -- in the Secretariat here on Saturday in the wake of panic-stricken North Eastern people leaving Chennai, Bangalore and other places. Urging people hailing from North East not to believe the rumours, she said the government would give full protection. The State is peaceful, she said. The two Assam Ministers expressed their happiness with the proactive response of the State government.

Ms. Sabitha said that some students and employees received calls from their anxious family members from the North East following which they left for their native places. She asked all such people to return. An inquiry would be conducted to nail those who sent the bulk messages. The bulk SMS has however been banned by the Centre, she added.

Mr. Bordoloi was all praise for people of Andhra Pradesh saying that they were very friendly. The State was also involved in the development projects in the North East as at least 20 companies from the State were executing road and other projects in the region, he said.

He said they would convey to their Chief Minister the peaceful situation prevailing in the city. Though the disturbances in Assam were unfortunate, the situation was normal there now, he said.

Hyderabad Staff Reporter adds: People’s organisations and politicians have blamed the Centre for the ethnic violence in Assam and its failure to contain the aftermath.

Despite enough indications about the outbreak of violence in Kokhrajhar and Chirang districts the Central and State Governments had failed to take necessary steps to curb it, representatives of the people’s organisations and political parties alleged.

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