Fear stalks N-E students in Mysore

Students temporarily accommodated in hostels; Tibetan traders suspend business

Rumours of possible attacks on people from the North Eastern states triggered anxiety among college students in the City.

Despite assurances of their safety, as many as 42 North East students from Teresian College for women returned to their native places on Thursday. A total of 142 students from North East study in both PU and degree sections of the college, Principal Sr Sajeetha told Deccan Herald. 

Students residing outside the campus had been accommodated in the college hostels, but they insisted they be sent home, with parents and guardians on tow, the nun said.

Students from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and other North Eastern states are still in the grip of fear after the attack on a Tibetan student in Mysore this week.

 As media reports of the North East exodus from Bangalore came in on Thursday, students met Police Commissioner K L Sudheer to express their concern.

Signatures of students on a memorandum were submitted to the Commissioner. The police have been in constant touch with both college authorities and students.

Anamika Devi from Manipur, a final year student in JSS Law College, told Deccan Herald that the Tibetan youth was possibly mistaken for a North-Easterner. JSS Law College has around 80 North East students. 

Devi reiterated that there was an assurance of security from college authorities and the police, but fears remained. 

Her principal, K S Suresh, said parents have repeatedly been enquiring about the well-being of their children.

Anamika and her classmates Sangam Kayang, Sangey Tsering, Mama Bagang and Horbi Lollen (all from Arunachal Pradesh) are still in panic.

Many undergraduates

Mysore University Vice-chancellor V G Talawar said he collected statistics of North-Eastern students from colleges under the varsity. There are only 13 postgraduates, but many more undergraduates, he said. 

Father Leslie Moraes, principal of St Philomena’s College, said, barring three students, no other students left Mysore. Of the three students, two are from Bangalore, and the third went to the Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe.

Police were informed that St Philomena’s has about 60 North-Eastern students. The hostels for both boys and girls on the campus have been provided tight security.

Even those students staying in rented accommodation outside the campus have been temporarily accommodated in the campus hostels. They were asked not to venture out on their own.

In the aftermath of the attack on the Tibetan youth, other Tibetans who were selling garments in different places in the city, especially near Town Hall and Opera Talkies on Sri Harsha Road, have shut up shop.

hey returned to their settlements in Hunsur and Periyapatna taluks in the district, according to local residents.

At SBRR Mahajana First Grade College, Jayalakshmipuram, there are 11 North East students. Principal K V Prabhakar said, following the violence that broke out a week ago in Assam, they had advised the students to maintain peace in the interest of the nation.

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