Bangalore: Birmal Brahma, 26, returned home from his job at a restaurant in Bangalore on Tuesday night when he first received an SMS forwarded by a friend. The SMS, referring to the ethnic clashes in Assam, said people from the North-East would be attacked in the city after 20 August and requested “everyone" in the region to call back their relatives from Bangalore.

Passengers bound for the North-East huddled together at the Bangalore City railway station on Thursday. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint

But unnerved by Wednesday’s exodus, Brahma, who belongs to the Udalgiri district of Assam, decided not to take the risk of staying back.

“As I’m from the North-East, our distinctive look makes us easy targets if violence erupts," he said.

After returning from work on Wednesday, he packed his bags and took the first bus on Thursday morning to the railway station along with his wife Kamini and his two-year-old son Bhavan.

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After buying their tickets, Brahma found out that the next train was only at 11pm. “Even though it’s late, it’s much safer out here at the railway station," he added.

shamsheer.y@livemint.com

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