THOUSANDS OF fear-stricken people, hailing from the North East, fled Bangalore post the ethnic clashes in Assam between the Bodo tribes and local Muslims. The sense of panic among the people was clearly visible among the people at the Bangalore railway station, who were trying to get in a Guwahati train as soon as the train pulled in the station. As people thronged the doors, crowds forced their ways through the emergency windows.
A person leaving Bangalore said, “Everybody is saying that people from the north east are being killed. I am also afraid. They had also hit my friend. We are working at a call centre. They have brutally beaten my friend.”
Another native of Assam, Rahul, who was holding a baby said, “I am looking for tickets to go back as people are targeting natives of Assam. Somebody has beaten a boy from Assam which has infused fear among the people and because of these rumours people are returning to Assam." As the situation turned from bad to worse Karanataka Home Minister R Ashok visited the railway station and asked people not to pay heed to the rumours. He said, “I request northeast students and those who are working in Bangalore don't go to Assam. You stay here Bangalore is very safe. You are staying from the past 10-15 years in Bangalore and upto now, no incidents has happened here they are only rumours.” Home Secretary RK Singh also said that these are just rumours and that people need to discount rumours and avoid spreading them.
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