Appeals and assurances of safety by the Karnataka Government notwithstanding, people from North-East continued to flee the state in hordes for the third consecutive day today, driven by rumours of impending attacks.

The exodus, so far confined to Bangalore, has now spread to some other parts with people of the North Eastern region living in Mysore, Mangalore and Kodagu arriving here in trains and buses and rushing to the railway counters to buy tickets.

More than 15,000 people have fled the city in the past two days following rumours, official sources said today.

Special trains

The Railways had sold 9,718 tickets for the two special trains that headed to Guwahati last night, Divisional Railway Manager, Bangalore, Anil Kumar Agarwal, told PTI this morning.

Officials estimate the number of people from the North-East, including students, residing in Bangalore in the range of 2.5 lakh and 2.75 lakh.

The Government continued to reach out to the community urging them to stay on and assured them that it is committed to safeguarding their lives and property in Karnataka.

“We on behalf of the people of Karnataka and the Government once again reassure the people of the North-Eastern Community that they are safe and welcomed in Karnataka,” the Government said in an advertisement, signed by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Home Minister R. Ashoka, published in newspapers today.

'No violent incidents'

The Government said no violent incidents have been reported. “We thereby urge not to heed to rumours and rest assured that stringent security measures have been deployed to prevent any untoward incidents.’’

Strict action would be taken against anyone spreading rumours. “We also request the north-eastern media not to go by unconfirmed reports which can create further fear and confusion,” Shettar and Ashoka said.

(This article was published on August 17, 2012)
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