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Thousands Flee in India After Muslim Attack Rumours

Thousands Flee in India After Muslim Attack Rumours

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There have been reports of isolated assaults in the southern cities of Pune and Mysore targeting people of northeastern appearance, while a rally by Muslims in Mumbai on Saturday protesting against the Assam unrest turned violent.
There have been reports of isolated assaults in the southern cities of Pune and Mysore targeting people of northeastern appearance, while a rally by Muslims in Mumbai on Saturday protesting against the Assam unrest turned violent.

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Thousands flee in India after Muslim attack rumours
Posted: 17 August 2012 0239 hrs
BANGALORE, India: Thousands of Indians from the country's northeast fled southern cities on Thursdayafter rumours they would be attacked by Muslims in reprisal for recent ethnic violence, officials said.Railway officials said they had put on extra trains from Bangalore to the northeastern state of Assam toaccommodate a spike in demand after 6,000 tickets were sold since Wednesday evening.People arriving in Assam's main city of Guwahati also told local television they had taken last-minutedecisions to flee Hyderabad and the southern state of Kerala."We are investigating the source of these rumours and who is behind them," Bangalore deputycommissioner of police Vincent S. D'Souza told AFP."Mischief-mongers and vested interests are misusing social media, mobile and the Internet to spread theserumours and create panic in the people of the northeastern region," he added.Three weeks of clashes in Assam between members of the local Bodo tribal community and Muslims haveclaimed 80 lives and displaced more than 400,000 people.In New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm."We have to maintain peace at any cost," the prime minister said and added that Indians must discountrumours."We must work together to ensure that all people from other states do not feel threatened by rumour mongering and SMS (text messages)," Singh told reporters, adding that he was in touch with chief ministersof the affected states.Earlier Thursday violence flared again, with security forces called out in the Nalbari and Kamrup districtsafter mobs torched a bus, a car and a wooden road bridge.In a separate incident 11 people were injured when acid was thrown at a group in the western Assam townof Gossaigaon in the troubled Kokrajhar district.Police in the south said there were rumours that northeastern people, who look more East Asian or Tibetanthan most Indians, would be attacked after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, around August20.There have been reports of isolated assaults in the southern cities of Pune and Mysore targeting people of northeastern appearance, while a rally by Muslims in Mumbai on Saturday protesting against the Assamunrest turned violent.Two people were killed during the demonstration which came amid warnings from the police about anger inthe Muslim community over the breakdown of law and order in parts of Assam.On Wednesday night, thousands crammed into the main station in Bangalore, an IT hub that is a popular 

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