1. HYSTERIA

    Thousands Flee in Bangalore

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    Hundreds of thousands of migrants from India's northeastern states are fleeing urban centers including Bangalore and Mysore, terrified of rumors of potential violence by Muslims—rumors spread on text messages and social media. The migrants are mostly from states such as Assam, where the Bodo tribe has had a violent spat with Muslims over land and power. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has denounced the rumors and pleaded for calm, but hysterical citizens are running for train stations. In Assam, 78 people were killed, some butchered, and 14,000 homes were torched.

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