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<p>People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>People from the northeast sit as they wait at the railway station to board a train back to their homes in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

People from the northeast sit as they wait at the railway station to board a train back to their homes in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

People from the northeast sit as they wait at the railway station to board a train back to their homes in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People from the northeast crowd inside the carriage of a train on their way back to their homes at a railway station in Bangalore August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

People from the northeast crowd inside the carriage of a train on their way back to their homes at a railway station in Bangalore August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

People from the northeast crowd inside the carriage of a train on their way back to their homes at a railway station in Bangalore August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People from the northeast crowd to board a train back to their homes at the railway station in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

People from the northeast crowd to board a train back to their homes at the railway station in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

People from the northeast crowd to board a train back to their homes at the railway station in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People from the northeast stand at the railway station to board a train back to their homes in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

People from the northeast stand at the railway station to board a train back to their homes in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

People from the northeast stand at the railway station to board a train back to their homes in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A man belonging to the northeast takes a nap at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu</p>

A man belonging to the northeast takes a nap at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

A man belonging to the northeast takes a nap at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>People from the northeast crowd inside the carriage of a train on their way back to their homes at a railway station in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

People from the northeast crowd inside the carriage of a train on their way back to their homes at a railway station in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

People from the northeast crowd inside the carriage of a train on their way back to their homes at a railway station in Bangalore August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A man belonging to the northeast takes a nap next to his luggage at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu</p>

A man belonging to the northeast takes a nap next to his luggage at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

A man belonging to the northeast takes a nap next to his luggage at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>A man belonging to the northeast looks at his mobile phone at the platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu</p>

A man belonging to the northeast looks at his mobile phone at the platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

A man belonging to the northeast looks at his mobile phone at the platform while waiting for a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>A man from the northeast takes a nap next to a pile of luggage at a platform while waiting a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu</p>

A man from the northeast takes a nap next to a pile of luggage at a platform while waiting a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

A man from the northeast takes a nap next to a pile of luggage at a platform while waiting a train to board back to his home at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>People from the northeast take a nap at a platform while waiting for the train to board back to their homes at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu</p>

People from the northeast take a nap at a platform while waiting for the train to board back to their homes at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

People from the northeast take a nap at a platform while waiting for the train to board back to their homes at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>People from the northeast rest at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to their homes at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu</p>

People from the northeast rest at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to their homes at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

People from the northeast rest at a platform while waiting for a train to board back to their homes at a railway station in Chennai August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>People from the northeast sit on the platform as they wait for the train to board on their way back to their homes, at a railway station in Pune, August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

People from the northeast sit on the platform as they wait for the train to board on their way back to their homes, at a railway station in Pune, August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

People from the northeast sit on the platform as they wait for the train to board on their way back to their homes, at a railway station in Pune, August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A woman from the northeast waits with her child for the train to start as they make their way back home at a railway station in Bangalore August 17, 2012.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A woman from the northeast waits with her child for the train to start as they make their way back home at a railway station in Bangalore August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

A woman from the northeast waits with her child for the train to start as they make their way back home at a railway station in Bangalore August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People from India's northeastern states travel on a boat through the waters of river Brahmaputra, back to their homes at Nimati Ghat Jorhut district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

People from India's northeastern states travel on a boat through the waters of river Brahmaputra, back to their homes at Nimati Ghat Jorhut district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

People from India's northeastern states travel on a boat through the waters of river Brahmaputra, back to their homes at Nimati Ghat Jorhut district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People from India's northeastern states rest while waiting for the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012.REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states rest while waiting for the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012.REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

People from India's northeastern states rest while waiting for the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012.REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>A woman from India's northeastern states ties the hair of her child while sitting inside the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

A woman from India's northeastern states ties the hair of her child while sitting inside the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman from India's northeastern states ties the hair of her child while sitting inside the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>A man from India's northeastern state tries to board an overcrowded train through the window before it leaves for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

A man from India's northeastern state tries to board an overcrowded train through the window before it leaves for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man from India's northeastern state tries to board an overcrowded train through the window before it leaves for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>People from India's northeastern states raise their hands through windowpanes to collect free food being distributed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states raise their hands through windowpanes to collect free food being distributed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012....more

People from India's northeastern states raise their hands through windowpanes to collect free food being distributed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>People from India's northeastern states eat food while sitting inside the toilet of an overcrowded train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states eat food while sitting inside the toilet of an overcrowded train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

People from India's northeastern states eat food while sitting inside the toilet of an overcrowded train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>A security personnel stands guard in front of a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

A security personnel stands guard in front of a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A security personnel stands guard in front of a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>A child from India's northeastern state sits inside an air-conditioned carriage while a security personnel is reflected on its windowpane at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

A child from India's northeastern state sits inside an air-conditioned carriage while a security personnel is reflected on its windowpane at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A child from India's northeastern state sits inside an air-conditioned carriage while a security personnel is reflected on its windowpane at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>People from India's northeastern states stand on a platform as they wait for the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states stand on a platform as they wait for the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

People from India's northeastern states stand on a platform as they wait for the train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

People from India's northeastern states sit inside a train bound for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Members of national interest group linked to northeast wing of the India's main opposition Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold placards during a protest against the situation of the people in northeast, in New Delhi August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

Members of national interest group linked to northeast wing of the India's main opposition Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold placards during a protest against the situation of the people in northeast, in New Delhi August 18, 2012....more

Members of national interest group linked to northeast wing of the India's main opposition Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold placards during a protest against the situation of the people in northeast, in New Delhi August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>A man from India's northeastern state, who was injured while boarding the crowded train from the South, is carried by his friends upon their arrival at the railway station in Guwahati in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah</p>

A man from India's northeastern state, who was injured while boarding the crowded train from the South, is carried by his friends upon their arrival at the railway station in Guwahati in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 18, 2012....more

A man from India's northeastern state, who was injured while boarding the crowded train from the South, is carried by his friends upon their arrival at the railway station in Guwahati in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah

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<p>People from India's northeastern states, walk at the platform upon their return from southern Indian states, at the railway station in Guwahati in Assam August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah</p>

People from India's northeastern states, walk at the platform upon their return from southern Indian states, at the railway station in Guwahati in Assam August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah

People from India's northeastern states, walk at the platform upon their return from southern Indian states, at the railway station in Guwahati in Assam August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah

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<p>People from India's northeastern states crowd to board a train back to their homes at the railway station in the southern Indian city of Bangalore August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

People from India's northeastern states crowd to board a train back to their homes at the railway station in the southern Indian city of Bangalore August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

People from India's northeastern states crowd to board a train back to their homes at the railway station in the southern Indian city of Bangalore August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People from India's northeastern states travel on boats through the waters of river Brahmaputra, back to their homes at Nimati Ghat Jorhut district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 19, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured migrants from the northeast that they were safe as thousands fled Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities on Friday, fearing a backlash from violence against Muslims in Assam. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)</p>

People from India's northeastern states travel on boats through the waters of river Brahmaputra, back to their homes at Nimati Ghat Jorhut district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 19, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...more

People from India's northeastern states travel on boats through the waters of river Brahmaputra, back to their homes at Nimati Ghat Jorhut district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam August 19, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured migrants from the northeast that they were safe as thousands fled Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities on Friday, fearing a backlash from violence against Muslims in Assam. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)

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<p>People from India's northeastern states stretch out their hands to collect free food being distributed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured migrants from the northeast that they were safe as thousands fled Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities on Friday, fearing a backlash from violence against Muslims in Assam. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS)</p>

People from India's northeastern states stretch out their hands to collect free food being distributed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012. Indian Prime...more

People from India's northeastern states stretch out their hands to collect free food being distributed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to a train bound for the Assam state at a railway station in Kolkata August 19, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured migrants from the northeast that they were safe as thousands fled Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities on Friday, fearing a backlash from violence against Muslims in Assam. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS)

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