Bangalore (mizonews.net): While the nation was in festive mood on Wednesday, thousands of people from northeast India in India’s IT city put on a gloomy face. And they have reasons to worry.
Following the attacks on people from Northeast in Pune in the aftermath of the Assam violence which has already subsided, several people in the city have claimed of having been threatened by some assailants and miscreants.
Most of the people are too scared to even speak to the media. As “more rumours” spreads across the social networking sites like Facebook that Assamese were told to leave the city by August 20, at least 4000 people from Assam thronged the Bangalore Central Railway Station on Wednesday and the Railways have had to arranged two special trains to “get them back home”.
Meanwhile, in the evening the city police commissioner held a press conference and asked the people of the city and north east community to remain calm and not go by rumours. The police said no incidents of violence has been reported though “some people seem to receive threats from miscreants.”
Karnataka Police chief Lalrokhuma Pachaua, who hails from Mizoram, has also appeal to everyone to remain calm as the police are doing their best.
However, with The Times of India report that one Tibetan was stabbed several times in Mysore by two youths, thousands of people from the North-East are “restless”, one IT professional from Manipur said.
“We have very different physical appearance when compared to the Assamese who are more like any other Indians. People from Manipur, Auranchal, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya have Mongoloid features. It only shows the ignorance of the miscreants who attacked or threatened us,” said one lady from Meghalaya working as sales representaive at a shopping mall.
The latest on the situation is that some local organisations are planning to hold meetings with leaders of various communities from the North-East to persuade them not to leave the city and to reassure them that they are welcomed.
Some observers say that if the police can get hold of the two assailants in the Mysore incident, it would be clear who or which organisation is instigating anti-social feelings against the North-East people who has no connection with the flare up in Assam.