With a sense of apprehension...

With a sense of apprehension...

With a sense of apprehension...

People from the North East, who have remained in Bangalore, admit they are worried.

The situation of panic which has gripped the North-Eastern community of the City over the last couple of days — whether warranted or not — has, unsurprisingly, provoked thousands of students and professionals from across Bangalore to pack their bags and head back home.

But in the wake of their departure, what happens to those who have elected to stay behind? Their response to their brethren’s flight and the frightening predictions which have been circulating are fairly varied — while some dismiss them, others admit to feeling slightly wary now that so many of their friends have chosen to err on the side of caution and leave the City.

Many, however, are determined not to be frightened into leaving.As Tracy, a professional, puts it, “Of course, I’ve got hundreds of calls from home asking me to come back. But I don’t think going home is the solution to this issue. Running away never helps.”

However, even she is candid enough to admit that her decision to stay back has worried her friends and family, as well as put her on edge.

“I opted to stay back because I don’t really believe this rumours. Neither my friends nor I have received any text messages or heard of someone who’s been harmed. But there is still a slight sense of apprehension — I’ve noticed a huge change in the way
people look at me when I walk down the road,” she confesses.

While fairly convinced that many of these claims are sheer hype, she says she will take certain precautions to back her decision to remain in Bangalore.

 “Frankly, I think the government has to step up when it comes to security measures. I’ll have to be careful too. These rumours suggest that violence might break out post-Monday, so I’m going to avoid venturing out late and do everything I can to steer clear of trouble,” she explains.

Ngachok, a student of St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, seems to be of the same opinion.

“I’m a Tibetan, but people here obviously think I’m North-Eastern. Of course, the rumours have upset me — so many of my friends have left Bangalore. But I’m not leaving and on the whole, feel reassured that nothing terrible is going to happen,” he says, adding, “just to be on the safe side, I’m limiting my travel at night. I simply go to college and come back, and ensure I’m always with a group of friends.”

Suman Boro, another student who hails from Assam, is determined to remain in Bangalore and continue attending classes.

 “I’m a little scared, obviously — but I don’t think this is a valid reason to chuck my classes and go back home. After all, I have my priorities and I can’t let my studies get affected.

My family has offered to write to my college requesting that they give me leave for the time being, but I refused,” he says, defiantly.

Tseten, who hails from Sikkim and is from the Shangri La Hotel on Brigade Road, has been facing no dearth of problems since a majority of his staff — which comprises predominantly cooks from the North-East — have abandoned the kitchen and headed back home.

He says, “Most have already left and in the next couple of days, more will leave. They don’t want to take any chances. However, I’ve managed to convince a few to stay. They are obviously frightened, but I’ve convinced them they will be alright. I’m putting them up in the hotel and asked them not to venture outside.”