IMPHAL, Aug 26 � After completing his good will mission to Assam, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka airdashed here for few hours to convince the people of Manipur that Bangaluru is the �safest city in the country.�
Assuring that their government in south India would ensure that all the North East people who had to flee because of threatening rumour were taken back by their respective employers once they return, Deputy Chief Minister said, �I will tell the respective companies to take them back.�
Ashoka, who is on a confidence-building goodwill mission to Assam and Manipur along with Karnataka DGP L Pachhau, was briefing the media in presence of his Manipur counterpart Gaikhangam and DGP Y Joykumar at the Manipur Chief Minister�s Secretariat soon after meeting the State officials and parents of the panicked individuals today.
�Karnataka and Bangaluru are safe. So please come and stay as usual as we are there to protect North East brothers and sisters,� said the visiting Karnataka Minister. �Though there was a reported deadline, nothing has happened, not a single (unwanted) incident was reported so far�, he added.
He and his team also held an interaction with a group of parents and guardians whose children had fled from Bengaluru following the report of threatening SMSs. �In the meeting, they (parents) have raised certain question about the security of their children in Karnataka cities and I have given them full security assurance in return.�
�We have already registered 17 cases against the threatening calls while five individuals were arrested on charge of spreading rumours. The Karnataka police have taken up the cases with inputs from cyber crime experts,� he added. He said over 3.5 lakh persons from Northeastern States including Manipur were working and studying in Karnataka and Bangaluru is home to 2.5 lakhs people of North East origin.
So far, more than 25,000 people of North East origin has left Karnataka, the visiting Minister claimed and added that the Karnataka Government has also opened two helpline and control rooms.