17th August, 2012, Bangalore: Hundreds and hundreds of people from the north-eastern states of India have fled from cities like Pune, Chennai and Bangalore. There were rumors that they might be assaulted in retaliation for the ethnic violence.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh appealed to maintain peace at any cost and stay calm. Dr. Singh also added that people of this country must work together to make sure that people from other states does not feel threatened by text messages.
Railway officials stated that there were huge demands for tickets. Since Wednesday, mode than six thousand tickets were sold and the authorities ran extra trains to cope up with the crowd.
Vincent S D’Souza, the deputy commissioner of Bengalore police, told that they were probing the source of these rumors and who are behind them. He also added that mischief mongers are misusing mobile, internet and other social media to circulate this kind of rumors and spread fear in the people of north-east region.
According to reports, in spite of assurances from the Karnataka government, the situation is still tensed in Bengalore. State officials said that more or less 20000 people have left the Karnataka capital till now. Most people, who have reached Guwahati (Assam), said local television channels that they had taken a last minute decision to flee from the south Indian states.