A fast circulating rumour about an impending earthquake on Friday night made at least one quarter of the population in Adilabad district spend a sleepless night outside their homes. People in all the bordering mandals and in some of the major towns in the district kept awake after midnight anticipating the calamity.
The rumour seems to have originated either in Yavatmal or Chandrapur districts of Maharashtra which border Adilabad on the northern side. Many here have close relations with people across the border.
Initially, the rumour had it that tears fell from the eyes of Goddess Pohra Devi at the famous Pohra Devi temple, revered by Banjaras across the nation, located about 125 km from Adilabad in Yavatmal district and that it would result in an earthquake . Another form of rumour had it that an earthquake had already devastated many parts of Chandrapur and Yavatmal districts. "We were told that there was a likelihood of tremors rocking Adilabad too," said Tambe Anand Rao, who was out on the road with his family of eight members.
Cell phone operators raked in precious moolah from the event.