Bangalore: The exodus of people of the North East from the city is not due to “threat factor”, but of anxiety to be with their parents at a time when Assam was gripped by violence, Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar today said.
“In my interactions with people of the North East flocking the railway station since morning, most of them have told me that they were not leaving the city due to threat factor, but they were eager to be with their parents,” said Kumar at the railway station in Bangalore.
The minister, who has been camping since morning, arrived at the station to oversee the arrangements for the journey.
Kumar said he requested Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to make a plea to the Railway Board to arrange special trains to clear the rush as he expected more people from the North East to throng the railway station on Friday.
The railway authorities have arranged two special trains apart from one regular train to Guwahati.
The 8pm special train already departed with several hundreds of NE people pushing their way through doors and windows.