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Indo-Asian News Service
Shillong, August 16, 2012
Expressing concern over "students' exodus" from southern states fearing attacks, the Meghalaya government on Thursday decided to send a delegation to these states to unearth the truth. Many students from Meghalaya and the northeast region left Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Maharashtra after circulation of SMSes about northeast students being attacked.

The SMSes on the attacks emanated after the Assam ethnic violence.

"It is a matter of concern (students leaving southern states fearing attack) and such incidents would have serious ramification in the long run," Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

"We have checked with our counterparts and found that most of the information being circulated through SMSes are rumours," Sangma said.

He said a delegation would be sent to the affected states and the union home ministry was being approached to facilitate the visit.

"The director general of police and the chief secretary are in constant touch with their counterparts in the states. I have also taken up the matter with my counterparts there," Sangma said.

Meghalaya Police have also set up a helpline 91-8575001111.