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Red alert in Bihar

Guwahati, Jan. 6: A red alert has been sounded in Bihar and security increased on trains passing through the state to and from the Northeast.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has asked police and district officials to be on alert and provide security at railway stations, a state government release stated.

The Bihar government also announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting attended by top civil and administrative officials.

The chief minister also spoke to his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi over telephone and asked him to take every possible measure to safeguard Biharis residing in the state.

He asked the people living in Assam and Bihar to maintain calm. I appeal to the people of Bihar and Assam not to get incited. We can reply to such incidents only by exercising patience, he said at a news conference.

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