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Assam CM Gogoi asks northeast students not to panic

Guwahati, Aug 16 (ANI): Expressing concern over the rumour driving away people of the northeast from Karnataka, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday appealed people to refrain from rushing back to their home states in panic.

“I appeal to students and other persons especially those who are in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh that they should not get panicked and not rush back,” Gogoi told media here.

Gogoi further said that it was really the situation of panic that was causing distress amongst the people from the northeast.

“There is not much incident. There are minor incidents, they are not serious incidents. But still panic is very much there, lot of rumours are there. These are absolutely false,” he added.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde earlier in the day reiterated that there has been no incident of violence in Karnataka, and said strict action will be taken against those spreading rumours about attacks on northeastern people.

Shinde said all reports of a possible attack on northeastern people were only rumours.

“I would appeal to the nation not to spread such rumours. There is peace everywhere. The government has taken immediate steps. We have initiated an inquiry to find out the persons responsible behind all these rumours and will take a very strict action against the guilty,” he said.

Home Minister Shinde had earlier spoken to Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar last night and asked him to ensure the safety of people from northeastern states.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, also spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on the issue of providing security to people from northeastern states staying in Karnataka.

Shettar has assured the Prime Minister that people from the northeast will be given full security in the state.

The fear of being targeted on communal lines in the wake of the recent Assam riots has led to an exodus of people from Assam working in Bangalore. (ANI)