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Home Ministry issues advisory to state govts over backlash against people from North East

In the wake of lynching of a rape accused in Dimapur, the Home Ministry is apprehending backlash against people from the northeast living in Bengaluru, Pune and Gurgaon and asked the state governments concerned to ensure their security.

hidden March 11, 2015 22:28:16 IST Home Ministry issues advisory to state govts over backlash against people from North East

New Delhi: In the wake of lynching of a rape accused in Dimapur, the Home Ministry is apprehending backlash against people from the northeast living in Bengaluru, Pune and Gurgaon and asked the state governments concerned to ensure their security.

In an advisory, the Home Ministry on Wednesday asked Karnataka, Maharashtra and Haryana governments to be fully alert and ensure security of northeast people.

The communication has been sent by the Home Ministry after it found that a misinformation campaign about the Dimapur incident was going on in social media.

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“We suspect that the social media is being used by some anti-social elements to create tension and instigate people to attack people of northeast origin in the three cities,” a Home Ministry official said justifying the issuing of the advisory.

The Centre also told the states to deploy adequate security forces in places where sizeable number of northeast people live and roam around in these cities.

The activities in social media have been witnessed after Syed Sarif Khan, who was accused of raping a girl, was lynched by a mob after being dragged out from a jail in Dimapur.

The mob stripped Khan naked, beat him up, pelted him with stones and dragged him towards the centre of Dimapur town, seven kilometres away from the jail. He died from his injuries on the way after which the mob displayed his body from a clock tower.

Thousands of northeast origin people living in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and other cities had fled their place of work and study in August 2012 after rumours of possible attacks on them in the wake of clashes between Bodo tribals and immigrant Muslims in Assam that year.

PTI

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