Bangalore: The mass exodus of people of the North Eastern states from Bangalore following rumours of reprisals has hit the industrial sector in Karnataka hard as majority of the private security personnel, who hail from the NE, have abstained from work fearing threat to their lives.
In Karnataka of the 520,000 private security personnel, approximately 100,000 hail from the North Eastern states. Several of them have stayed away from work since the last two days and some have even left for their hometowns, Karnataka Security Services Association K P Nagesh told reporters here.
"Their absence from work is a serious problem because thousands of private security guards have been employed by the IT companies, banking and financial institutions, hospitality sector, manufacturing sector, hospitals and retail sector."
"We are in the process of convincing the security personnel to return to work," he said.
Nagesh said in some companies, 30 per cent of the approved and deployed strength of the security personnel stayed away from work.
The Karnataka Security Services Association on Friday appealed to the state government to depute around 2,000 home guards to instil confidence and trust among the Northeast people working as security guards in Bangalore.
Nagesh said there were a few complaints of insecurity from the Northeast people residing at a few localities. "We have shifted them to localities of their choice to ensure they live in peace. We have formed quick response teams to help the security guards during emergencies," he said.
The KSSA representatives had a meeting with the police department and apprised the officers of the situation.
"The state government has assured full protection to and safety of the people from the North Eastern region," he said.
In the wake of the sudden exodus, recruitments are in full swing across the state and more and more ex-servicemen are being hired for the jobs, he said.