Attack on Northeast people in Karnataka just rumours: Shinde
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday described as rumours reports of attack on people from northeast in Karnataka.
"I request the nation through you, don't spread such rumours... there is peace, all steps have been taken," Shinde told reporters outside parliament.
"Strict action will be taken against people who spread such rumours," he added.
Shinde’s reaction comes after over 6,000 people from the Northeast are reported to have fled Bangalore Wednesday night amid rumours that they could be attacked like some of their compatriots in Pune and Mumbai in the aftermath of Assam riots.
Earlier today, Home Secretary RK Singh assured full safety to the people of the northeast saying that there was no threat to them in any part of the country.
The situation was seriously viewed by the Centre with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaking to Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar yesterday, who in his Independence Day address assured people from the Northeast of security.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde also spoke to Shettar on phone Wednesday night and was understood to have asked him to ensure the safety of people from northeastern states in Karnataka.
The Bangalore City railway station was flooded with people from Northeastern states to board the available trains as rumours spread that some people from the state had been subjected to attacks in the city, which was promptly denied by police.
Shettar said that he told the Prime Minister and the Home Minister that "there is no untoward incident nor is there any threat to people of northeastern states. I promised that necessary steps would be taken to give protection to these people".
In the wake of abrupt exodus of passengers, the South Western Railway decided to run a special train.
Shettar assured protection and deputed Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka, who also holds Home portfolio, to instill confidence in the panic-stricken people and convince them not to leave the city.
The Chief Minister said police officials have been using public address system at the railway station to reassure the northeastern people gathered there and assured them protection.
Shettar said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also spoke to him over phone and he assured him that all possible assistance and protection would be given to his state people.
In Mysore, a Tibetan college student is battling for life after being stabbed by two persons who suspected him to be from northeastern region.