Fearing attacks, several Assamese leave Hyderabad

Impact of the recent violence in Assam targeting refugees from Bangladesh is being felt in Hyderabad with some Assamese working as private security guards here rushing back to their State worried over possible retaliatory attacks.

Though no official statistics are available, many Assamese security guards deployed at malls, restaurants and software companies have stopped turning up for duty leaving their managements clueless. “They didn’t take our calls. A few of them who spoke reluctantly said the situation in Hyderabad was not good,” Vishwajeet, manager of a noted security agency said on Tuesday.

Enquiries made

They, however, assured him that they would come back “once things improve”. Speculation was rife for the past two days that activists of some religious organisations were enquiring about Assamese living in different parts of the city. The Hyderabad Assamese Association former president Sarbeshwar Sahariah says over 10,000 Assamese are living in Hyderabad.

A good number of them work as guards with private security agencies. “It is said that one person from Assam travelling in a train was beaten up by unidentified persons somewhere in Andhra Pradesh days after the violence broke out in Assam,” he said. He felt this unconfirmed report naturally worried Assamese living in Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, rumours began doing rounds that Assamese guards were beaten up in Madhapur and Gachibowli areas - hubs of IT company offices - by unidentified persons.

Two days ago, a person from Assam walking alone on the road was allegedly intercepted and beaten up by three unidentified persons in Raidurg, who snatched his mobile phone. Police conceded that they deliberately didn’t divulge details of the case to the media apprehending that it could create panic and may lead to communal tension.

Police are trying to identify the attackers based on the details given by the guard. Interestingly, the incident was not taken seriously by some Assamese guards working in central parts of the city like Somajiguda. “I heard that some have left. But we have no such fear here and hence not worried at all,” Hari working at a restaurant in Begumpet said.

Managers of some private security agencies say there was more to the sudden quitting of jobs by the guards than what meets the eye.

Some guards reportedly revealed that they quit the jobs at the instance of a local MLA from Assam who directed them to leave the jobs at once and return to the State. “We’re hoping to hear from them soon,” the manager said.

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