Posted On Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 08:58:47 AM
The Lok Sabha on Friday stood united to sympathize with the people from north-east who are fleeing parts of the country driven by rumours of impending attacks on them and demanded strong action against those creating fear psychosis.
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj stressed on the need to rise above party lines and send a clear message that people from the north-east have the freedom to live, work and study wherever they wish in the country.
She said the government should create helplines to address grievances of the people from the north-east and step up patrolling across cities, particularly in areas and hostels where they reside in large numbers. Meanwhile, panic-stricken northeasterners continued to flee from Karnataka, Andhra and Maharashtra.
To instill confidence among the anxious lot, the Karnataka government on Friday decided to deploy 750 Rapid Action Force troopers in Bangalore.
Rioters run amok in Lucknow
Lucknow saw on Friday a mob fury similar to the one witnessed in Mumbai last week where hundreds of irate Muslims, protesting the riots in Assam and Myanmar, vandalized shops, damaged public property and attacked mediapersons.
Raising slogans, a mob of 2,000 people turned violent even as the policemen present there remained silent spectators. The crowd was stopped at the Vidhan Sabha when the protesters wanted to proceed towards the chief minister's Kalidas Marg residence.
The mob then turned its ire on the mediapersons and cameramen present at the legislature, attacking the journalists, breaking their cameras and vandalising the OB van of a national television channel.
Govt Bans bulk SMSes
To check spread of rumours that has led to mass exodus of northeastern people from certain states, the government banned from Friday bulk SMSes and MMSes for 15 days across the country. “We have banned bulk SMSes and MMSes for 15 days,” said Union Home Secretary R K Singh.
The decision was taken after reports of widespread circulation of SMSes and MMSes containing misleading information about Assam violence, threats to people of northeastern origin living in other parts of the country and doctored videos.
Till the ban is in place, no one will be able to send more than 5 SMSes in one go and more than 20 KB of data through mobile phones.