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Death of UP youth: Shivraj Patil speaks to Maharashtra CM

October 29, 2008 17:24 IST

In the wake of the killing of a youth from Uttar Pradesh [Images] in a suburban train, the Centre on Wednesday said the Maharashtra government should do what is expected of it to stop such incidents.

"I think the Maharashtra government should do what it is expected to do and I hope they would do it," Home Minister Shivraj Patil [Images], who spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, told reporters.

Patil spoke over telephone to the chief minister in the wake of reports of killing of a youth Dharam Dev, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, by a group of people allegedly after abusing north Indians and asking them why they came to Mumbai.

On Monday, a gun-wielding youth from Patna was shot dead in a city bus in Mumbai that triggered charges of killing in cold blood from political leaders in Bihar and of a concerted campaign against people of their state in Maharashtra.

Minister of State for Home Shakil Ahmed told PTI that since these are very sensitive times, Maharashtra should be extra careful.

He said Maharashtra government has informed the Centre that the death of the UP migrant was due to clash between two groups of youngsters on sitting arrangement in a local train.

A home ministry spokesman said details have been sought from the state government about the incident.

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