Pictures, sms, videos and threats of violence — and the special trains to Guwahati were full. This week saw an exodus of people from the northeast living in Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities following threats of violence for alleged atrocities against Bangladeshi migrants in the eastern Indian state. Pictures and videos, allegedly those of violence from Assam, were circulated. The police later said they were “doctored”
Attacks on people from the northeast in Bangalore and threat calls to students in Hyderabad deepened panic and insecurity among workers and students from NE states as hundreds crammed into trains in Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and even idyllic Goa to head home.
Four Assamese men were attacked with soda bottles by unidentified assailants, said a complaint filed at the Ashoknagar police station in Bangalore. Elsewhere in the garden city, three Manipuri men were attacked near a bus shelter while a 23-year-old Manipuri man was beaten while shopping for vegetables. Karnataka home minister R Ashoka held meetings with various associations to instill confidence among those from the northeast working in the set ups.
In Lucknow, public property worth lakhs was damaged when a group went berserk in the Old City area protesting the Assam violence.
An estimated 6,000 people passed through Bengal’s Howrah station on two trains on Friday, an exodus not seen since Partition.