5 Arrested For Spreading Rumours In K’taka
5 Arrested For Spreading Rumours In K’taka, Five people have been arrested for spreading rumours that people from northeast would be attacked. Five arrested in Karnataka for spreading rumours, Five people have been today arrested and four others identified for spreading rumours that people from the northeastern part of the country would be attacked to avenge the ethnic violence in Assam.
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar warned of more arrests and reached out to people for northeast saying that the government is with them.
In an effort to quell such rumours, the Home Ministry has also asked IB, state police to monitor websites, social media closely, CNN IBN reported.
Earlier today, the government levied a ban on sending bulk SMSes and MMSes for 15 days.
Talk of Muslim revenge attacks has swirled all week, with threats of brutal attacks being carried on social media and mobile phone text messages.
Earlier in the day, three people were arrested for allegedly assaulting three workers from the northeast at a shopping mall in the city centre, a senior police official said.
“The three accused – Abrar Ahmed, Salman and Vinay – aged around 22-24, were arrested under section 153 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for assaulting three people from Manipur,” Bangalore Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Ravikante Gowda told IANS.
Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured people from the northeast that they were safe, about 25,000 people have already fled the city in the past three days Bangalore Divisional Manager Anil Kumar Agarwal told PTI.