Government bans bulk text messages to stop attack rumors

Cell phone users can now send short messages to only 5 people.

New Delhi: 

The Indian government today banned bulk text messages for the next 15 days following threats of attacks to northeast people, leading to mass exodus in Bangalore and other cities.

Cell phone users can now send short messages to only 5 people.

The federal government had yesterday ordered a probe into the source of rumors of attacks on northeast people as a fallout of the ethnic clashes in Assam.

More than 15,000 north east people have fled Bangalore in Karnataka in the past two days following rumors of attacks.

Reports of exodus are also coming from Mysore, Mangalore and Kodagu districts of the state.

People are also fleeing from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh and Pune in Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has stressed that nobody from the northeast has been attacked and police are patrolling neighborhoods housing those from states like Asam, Manipur and Mizoram.

"The whole government is with you....don't worry," said Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar.

In parliament, leaders cutting across political parties said people from northeast must be assured that their safety is a priority for the government and that they must work and live wherever they want.

Source: NDTV

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