Bangalore: “I feel secure now,” said Preety Borah, a native of Assam, who is pursuing graduation at St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science. “After the rumours of violence that was rife last week, I feel safe now. I am taking accommodation in the place provided by the college management,” she added.
As many as hundred northeastern students gathered at the Eid get together that was organised by the Students Islamic Organisation on Wednesday. Preety, one of the 38 students who had sought accommodation from college, said, “The get together is a good initiative. It tells us that we, as students, are united despite the commotion.”
Modokho Jeremy Pfoze, a second-year BA student, pointed, “The get together is a very good step and we need to interact with others. On Wednesday, we attended another party that was hosted at a mosque in Benson Town. The initiative instilled confidence in us.”
Modokho added, “Bangalore is a peaceful city. But last week, fear and panic had gripped the students from Northeastern states. Our parents forced us to return, but the college authorities have been very supportive and allowed us to stay back assuring us protection and security.”
Another student, Michelle Paul, a graduate from Christ University said, “The Northeastern students in different colleges constantly kept in touch with each other. Now, the situation is stable and we are happy that every one is safe now.”
Ashfaq Shareef, zonal head, SIO, said deliberate efforts were being taken to divide the nation. “As students we need to be united and be sensitive to social issues. Students should raise their voices and opinions in situations, where a breakthrough is needed,” he added.