Four persons have been arrested by the cyber crime branch of city police in connection with inflammatory SMS circulated in Pune to allegedly foment violence against people from the northeastern states.

The SMS had allegedly incited the recent violent attacks on the north eastern students and workers that led to an exodus of the affected people to their home states, police said.

A case has been filed under section 153 (a) of IPC for creating enmity between two groups on grounds of religion and also section 66 of Information Technology Act, police said.

According to Deputy commissioner of Police (cyber cell) Sanjay Shinde, the four suspects, arrested on Tuesday night, were well versed with computer technology.

Police said they were also investigating the circulation of doctored MMS about violence in Myanmar and Assam and those behind it.

Meanwhile, the rush of northeasterners to their native states showed signs of ebbing, with confidence building measures taken up at various levels through involvement of administrative machinery and public organisations.

A number of people’s representatives from the northeast have been meeting the affected population in Pune to reassure them and appealing them to stay back, which has shown a steady improvement in the situation over the last week.