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India's mass exodus over rumors of violence continues (PHOTOS)
Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Northeastern, ethnically distinct Indians continued to crowd into cars and trains to flee southern Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai and Pune over the weekend.

The widespread panic is rooted in rumors, circulated largely by text message and on social media, that people from the northeast had been targeted by Muslims who were angered about the situation in Assam. There, the indigenous, Hindu Bodo tribe have been clashing with Bengali-speaking Muslims, resulting in the deaths of at least 80 people and the exodus of 400,000, GlobalPost's India correspondent Jason Overdorf reported

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An Indian Islamic student belonging to the Muslim community holds a placard urging northeastern residents not to leave at a railway station in Bangalore on August 17, 2012. About 25,000 people from North East have fled the city in the past three days, a development triggered by fears of impending retributive attacks following Assam violence. Railways have sold around 20,000 extra tickets to Guwahati for six special trains from here to Assam.

(Manjunath Kiran - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian minority northeastern residents wait on a train platform as they prepare to leave the city.

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An Indian policeman looks on as minority northeastern residents leave the city by train following rumours of communal violence against them, at a railway station in Bangalore.

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Northeastern Indian minority residents of Bangalore wait in a train bound for Guwahati.

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Northeastern Indian minority residents of Bangalore wait on the platform of the city railway station to board trains.

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Residents of Bangalore throng the platform of the city railway station to board trains bound to Guwahati to leave the city following rumours of communal violence against them, on August 16, 2012 in Bangalore.

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Indian minority residents wait on the platform of the city railway station to board trains.

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A northeastern Indian minority resident of Bangalore takes a nap on the staircase of the city railway station on August 16, 2012 in Bangalore while his ilk scurry to leave the city.

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Indian volunteer security personnel look on as Indian minority northeastern residents wait on a train platform.

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Indian residents fleeing Bangalore carry a bag to a train platform.

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Indian minority northeastern residents eat while waiting on a train platform as they prepare to leave the city of Bangalore.

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Indian minority northeastern residents leave the city by train, fleeing from rumored violence.

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Bangalore residents wait on a train platform as they prepare to leave the city on special trains.

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Residents fleeing Bangalore crowd the train platform.

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Hundreds of Hindu activists hold placards during a protest rally in New Delhi on August 18, 2012 against three weeks of clashes in the northeastern state of Assam between members of the Bodo tribal community and Muslims which have claimed 80 lives and displaced more than 400,000 people.

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Villagers flee their homes at Dujabari village in Kokrajhar district.

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