Fear of 'Turning into Stone' Keeps UP Awake All Night

Fear of 'Turning into Stone' Keeps UP Awake All Night

Faisal Fareed
Daijiworld Media Network - Lucknow

Lucknow, Jan 3: If you sleep, you will turn into stone - this apprehension kept the denizens in Uttar Pradesh awake the whole night on Tuesday. Panic gripped with rumours of earthquake tremors along with fear of turning into stone, and the public spilled on roads.

Administration looked helpless as repeated appeals failed to pacify the denizens. No one knew from where the rumour originated but it gave sleepless night to officials and fear to the people.

The series began at around 2 am on Tuesday with messages and calls from relatives and friends amongst each other - 'It has happened in one place that two persons have turned into stones. Earthquake is also expected any time, please don't sleep else you will also turn into stone statue.'

It soon engulfed the whole state from Kanpur to Gorakhpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Lucknow, the story remained the same everywhere. With fear palpable on their face, people came out on the road with their children. Soon there was enough mob on roads to create panic. No one knew the origin of rumour but everyone was afraid. Youths took rounds of localities urging everyone to remain awake.

Police tried to intervene at some places but they were outnumbered by people and there were no takers of their appeals. Some people also resorted to religious prayers in mosques fearing that the doom's day had arrived. Others claimed that whole world is going to be over in 2012.

Luckily, nothing happened and the whole night passed by standing on road fearing any casualty. In the morning people were seen discussing the incidents at their offices and other places.

In the afternoon police officials issued an appeal stating that they are trying to locate the origin of this rumour. They also appealed not to pay heed to such rumours which create panic and are far from the reality.


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  • Arman, Managalore

    Thu, Jan 5 2012

    ???????????????????? what a Joke

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  • THINKER, Mlore/london

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    This shows the stupidity by people due to lack of education and awareness. In this case its not caused any harm or loss of life just a nights sleep and probably reduced quality of work next day,that is if they do any work !!!!

    It is just a small evidence of so many other things that goes on in our country due to lack of education, awareness and superstitions.It doesnt help if its fuelled by people using a quote from a holy book justifying it when there is no evidence for it.
    Even a hardcore evangelist from California announced 2 different dates last year that it will be DOOMSDAY ,leading to lot of followers selling their properties ,packing their bags etc only to realise that never happened !.
    I cannot understand one thing, if they are so god loving why are they fearing death? why fear death if everyone is going together!
    So it shows educated also can be mislead by blind religious beliefs.
    People should be more worried about shortage of food, water ,jobs, increased pollution and diseases caused by stressful life mainly due to irresponsible breeding and increased population.
    Unfortunately even religions encourage to have more children ( historically it was designed to increase the number of people of that particular religion for dominance), but it wont work in the modern world. Might be able to bring up many children but not necessarily to become a good people in the soceity.

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  • Benet Moras, Mangalore, Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    Joke of the year...and you can see so many jokers on above pic....jai ho india

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    HEIGHT OF FOOLISHNESS..if someone has told that male would become female and female would become male..these people would have believed .

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  • Tony Pinto, Manglore - Dubai

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    Good Joke for the year 2012 even same incident in VASAI - THANA - MAHARASTRA Priest told world is going to end so sell all you land cattle and other valuable and proceed to bethelem to save live for this also hundred innocent people stood to run really amazing INDIANS.........this happens only in INDIA jai Ho..............

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  • Syed Mohammad Alam Zaidi, Chandpur Binor India

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    This is just a trick used by mobile operators just to take banefit of ignorence of people using the english movie "DOOMs DAY" and "2012" as the base for it.

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  • David Prakash D'souza, Niddodi/Abudhabi

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    The only instance someone becoming a pillar of salt for not obeying the command of God is Lot's Wife in the book of Genesis chapter 19. God sent angels to destroy Sodom&Gomorrah, the cities well know for homosexuality, there was one righteous man and his family called Lot, angels told him that you need to come out from this city but commanded not to look back while fleeing, but lot's wife(may be due to her possessions)looked back and became a pillar of salt. Gen 19:24 -25(MSG) Then God rained brimstone and fire down on Sodom and Gomorrah— a river of lava from God out of the sky!—and destroyed these cities and the entire plain and everyone who lived in the cities and everything that grew from the ground.

    26 But Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.

    This must have inspired some one to create a rumor. This will not happen again, since we are under Grace and Jesus has paid the price on the cross for the entire sins of humanity. So it is better to accept his GRACE and live fearlessly on this earth with love, joy, peace.

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  • Wollf Gang Lindle Baur, Chicago, USA

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    Apart from so many gods,so many religions and so many blind beliefs, now comes the funniest news of the century.. Really amazing and incredible India

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  • Madhur, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    Well only thing that is turning into mammoth stone statues is that of Behenji .... On other thought what would be the case if the sleeping person turns to a metal ?!?!....

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  • nisar kuwait, mlore/kuwait

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    ha ha fantastic....

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    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    Have the police succeeded in identifying the origin of such rumors? If not any rumor can be started by anyone and create confusion and even violence.

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  • Indian, India

    Wed, Jan 4 2012

    There must have been a Scientific reason for it.

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    Tue, Jan 3 2012

    This is so disgusting.....,what century are we living in??

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