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Website behind NE rumours identified: Reports

Ministry of Home Affairs has reportedly identified website behind spreading rumours that led to exodus of people from North East.

delhi Updated: Aug 17, 2012 17:17 IST

Ministry of Home Affairs has reportedly identified website behind spreading rumours that led to exodus of people from North East.

According to reports, the ministry has also ordered investigations into the owner of the blog.

Earlier, the government on Friday banned bulk SMS and MMS messages for 15 days in view of the exodus of people from the northeast from cities like Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad following rumours that they would be attacked.

Indiscriminate text messages, posts and tweets have added to the tension, prompting students from the North-East to flee
Bangalore. Rumours of attacks on people from the north-eastern states have triggered such widespread panic.

The panic mainly spread after SMSes and chain mail threatning people from North East started doing rounds.

Police believe a doctored MMS on the recent ethnic clashes in Assam, in which close to 80 people were killed, provoked attacks.

People from northeast continued to flee the state in hordes for the third consecutive day on Friday.

The exodus so far confined to Bangalore has now spread to some other parts with people of the northeastern region living in Mysore, Mangalore and Kodagu arriving here in trains and buses and rushing to railway counters to buy tickets.

More than 15,000 people have fled from Bangalore in the past two days following the rumours, official sources said on Friday.