Ashok to visit northeast to seek return of those who fled
The State government on Tuesday said the tight security cover in Bangalore city, including the deployment of the Rapid Action Force, will continue for a week.
Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R. Ashok told presspersons here that 20 persons have been arrested in connection with spreading rumours, and five have been detained for sending SMS threats. Security personnel have been deployed in sensitive parts of the city to ensure peace and safety to the people from the northeast. Security personnel would discharge their duty in the city for one more week, he said.
A delegation, led by Central Tibetan Administration Home Minister Gyari Dolma, called on Mr. Ashok to thank the State government for giving protection to Tibetans living in parts of Karnataka.
She said about 45,000 Tibetans are living in the State. The exodus of the northeast people began on August 15 triggered by rumours of reprisals over Assam violence and continued for about four days, with up to 30,000 people fleeing Bangaore.
Mr. Ashok appealed to the people from the northeast who fled the State, to return to their work and to continue their education. “The deadline of August 20 set by rumour-mongers to create violence and attack northeast people has ended and there was no violence in any part of the State or city,” he said.
Stating that over 3.5 lakh people from northeastern States were living in several parts of Karnataka, he said only 25,000 have returned to their hometowns and the remaining are living here. As part of reaching out to northeasterners and reassure their safety, Mr. Ashok said he planned to visit the northeast to meet those who had fled the city and seek their return.
“Leaders of Nagaland and Manipur have already invited me. If Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi invites me, I will visit that State too,” he said.