“Four persons die in train accident”: A rumor creates panic

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Mangalore, May 24: News of four persons dying in a rail accident at Thokkottu spread like wildfire and created panic here on Saturday May 24.

The spot was filled with media persons from Mangalore and surrounding regions who rushed to cover the incident. However, on checking, it came to light that not people, but four goats had fallen under a train. It is not known yet if the goats belonged to someone or were stray goats.

Sources said that the rumor spread after an elderly man at the spot told a person that he was informed about four people dying after being hit by train. The elderly man was reportedly misled by someone.

The railway police informed the Ullal police, who rushed to the spot.

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