Panic triggered by an SMS at Bangalore is the cause
Around 75 migrant labourers from the north-eastern States left for their native places by train on Saturday even as the panic triggered by a short messaging service at Bangalore is yet to subside.
Since the contractors involved in the construction of major bridges, industries and the four-laning work here have hired good number of workers from the north-eastern States of India, they were staying in the temporary shelters near their workplace along with their families for the past few years.
After the SMS triggered panic among the migrant labourers in Karnataka and subsequent exodus in the trains leaving for the north-eastern States, a section of the labourers here too decided to leave for their native places.
Around 75 migrant labourers, who had been working in the ongoing construction activities in the southern districts, left Tirunelveli Railway Junction on Saturday by the Kanyakumari – Howrah Express Train though none of them were even threatened in any part of the district.
When asked about the reason for their leaving for their native place, the labourers said that they were going home following repeated appeals from their family members, who were in the grip of fear following the threatening SMS.
As a few migrant labourers from the northern States were attacked by the anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project protestors when the agitation reached its crescendo, police in plainclothes have been deployed at important junctions of Kudankulam as they come out of their workplace for shopping.
Hundreds of people from the northeast, working in various shops, brick kilns, fish net manufacturing units, hotels, TASMAC outlets, hawkers and those working in other sectors thronged Kanyakumri and Nagercoil railway stations on Saturday to return to their native villages in Assam and Bihar after the SMS rumour.
However, the police rushed to the spot and informed them that adequate security would be given to them in the district even as the northeastern states witnessed violence in the recent days. But they said that they were asked to return to their villages by their relatives.
Hence around 150 people from the north-east States left for their villages through Kanyakumari-Howrah express in the morning and the remaining people through Vivek express in the afternoon.