The exodus of North-East people in different parts of the country continued on Saturday, despite the repeated assurances by the Central and state governments.
Among the other cities, Bangalore has registered the highest rate of mass exodus, with reports indicating that more than 30,000 Indians from neighbouring states of North-East have fled the silicon city in the last three days, owing to the rumours of impending targeted attacks against their communities.
A large number of people have also left Pune and other parts of Maharashtra, which witnessed several target attacks against northeasterners in the past. Hyderabad is among one of the cities, which fails to appease the terrorised communities. [Read: Other Target Attacks Across India]
Meanwhile, reports said that northeasterners residing in parts of Tamil Nadu were also moving out of the state. The exodus is said to be taking place in Chennai, Coimbatore and Vadodara.
The worst-affected state is Karnataka. The State and the Centre governments are now struggling to gain back trust from North-east people, saying that they are safe in the state. All efforts and assurances have proved futile, with the communities contuing to flee the city. Reports said that Bangalore police department has tightened security in several localities, which are largely occupied by people from north-eastern regions. The police are said to be patrolling the areas throughout the night.
Meanwhile, in a bid to contain the rumours from spreading, the Karnataka government has banned bulk SMS-es and MMS-es for next 15 days. The police have also arrested six people in conncetion with fanning the rumours. The officials are reportedly monitoring social networking sites, where the doctored clips and message are allegedly being circulated to instigate violence against the North-east people.