Over 50,000 North Easterners have fled so far
- Centre is failing to ensure security -

New Delhi: “Over 50,000 people from North East India have fled to their homelands including at least 30,000 from Bangalore, about 6,000 from Pune,about 5,000 from Chennai, and at least 9,000 from places like Hyderabad,Mysore, Mumbai, Nasik, Aurangabad etc in the wake of threats being issued following the riots in Western Assam in July 2012. The exodus continues unabated.” - stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

“The Government of India and the State Governments cannot hide away from the responsibility to protect by identifying the sources of doctored mms and sms as the threats are being carried out locally. The killing of four persons from Hailakandi district of Assam and Malda of West Bengal after being pushed from the Guwahati-bound special train carrying northeast people fleeing Bangalore on 19 August 2012 shows that the Centre and the State Governments have failed to provide adequate security even to those fleeing. This train should have had adequate security forces.” – further stated Mr Chakma.

Urging for a holistic solution to the suffering of the North Eastern people, in a letter to Union Home Minister Sushil Kuman Shinde, Asian Centre for Human Rights recommended the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Governments to take a number of measures to protest the fleeing North Eastern people including (i) creating necessary environment where the people from the North East would be able to file complaint against threats and assault; (ii) taking immediate steps to identify those spreading the sms/mms and/or intimidating the people from the North East and try them in fast track courts; (iii) directing the District Magistrates of each district of North East India to launch a help line and a drive register the returnees from mainland India; (iv) creating official help desks at the State level in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra etc under the supervision of the Ministry of Home Affairs who shall be tasked with the responsibility to negotiate with the companies/agencies for recruitment of those who had to leave their jobs; (v) providing one time financial assistance to the returnees to re-start their lives; (vi) directing the educational institutions to provide concessions for attendance to the students; and (vii) taking effective measures for safety and security on their return to respective places. [Ends]

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