The Police sought to allay fears among people from the Northeast living in Bangalore by assuring them full protection. Special police squads have been deployed in areas inhabited by people from the region. A special nodal officer, VS D’Souza, has been appointed to address their apprehensions.
The measures come against the backdrop of fear that they would be attacked.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called chief minister Jagadish Shettar late evening to enquire about the situation. “I have assured the PM that no untoward incident will happen and full protection will be given to northeastern people in the state. I have asked home minister R Ashoka and the police chief to give full protection and monitor the situation round the clock. We will do everything to instill confidence among the migrants. People are panicky due to rumours that they will be attacked. No untoward incident has happened in the state,” Shettar said.
Hundreds of people from the region are heading home if one goes by the number of tickets sold by the railways here. Railway authorities confirm they have sold nearly 5,000 tickets to people bound for Guwahati and beyond.
DG&IGP Lalrokhuma Pachau attributed the apprehensions to rumours and said no incident of intimidation of north-eastern people has come to the notice of police.