New Delhi: The Central government on Thursday said that people from the northeast were safe in Karnataka and also warned those spreading rumours that sparked a panic exodus from the state.

"Don't spread such rumours... There is peace, all steps have been taken," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said outside of Parliament.

"Strict action will be taken against people who spread rumours," he added.

His warning came after over 5,000 northeastern students fled to Guwahati by special trains late on Wednesday and early on Thursday following rumors that they would be attacked to avenge the ethnic violence in Assam.

Home Secretary RK Singh echoed his message. "There is no threat to the people of the northeast in any part of the country," Singh told reporters.

"There is no incident in Karnataka, this is just rumor. People need to avoid rumours... There is no incident... full stop... no incident," Singh said.

On Wednesday evening, Karnataka Home Minister R Ashok visited the Bangalore Central railway station and assured the northeast students and professionals that they were safe in the state.

Two special trains to Assam were run by South-Western Railways Wednesday amid escalating demands for tickets. BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and party president Nitin Gadkari asked the central government to ensure the safety of the people of the northeast.


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