Ahmedabad, October 8: The Gujarat government led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday appealed to the migrant workers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to return, assuring security to all of them after the recent attacks in the state. Reports inform that a total of 431 people have been arrested and 56 FIRs have been registered so far in connection with the attacks. Additional forces have been deployed in industrial areas across the state for the security of Hindi-speaking migrants.
The Chief Minister claimed that no untoward incident had taken place during the last 48 hours and stated that the situation has been brought under control by police. “We are committed to maintaining law and order, and people can call police in case of trouble. We will provide them security.” Rupani told reporters in Rajkot. Around 40,000 Migrant Workers from Bihar And UP Flee The State After Increase In Attacks On Non-Gujaratis.
Earlier on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Union minister and BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan, who hails from Bihar, spoke to Rupani and expressed their concern over the recent attacks. Reports inform that Rupani informed the Chief ministers that there had not been any incident since the past three days. Adityanath said Gujarat is a peace-loving state and a model of development and that those do not want development spread rumours. Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar said the guilty must be punished but an entire community must not be tarred with the same brush. Gujarat Shocker: More Than Two Rapes Reported in State Every Day, Most Cases From Ahmedabad.
Sporadic violence was reported at several places in Gujarat after the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district on September 28. According to a report by PTI, six districts, most of them in north Gujarat, have witnessed incidents of increased violence against Hindi-speaking people. Police have arrested Ravindra Sahu, a labourer hailing from Bihar and working in a local ceramic factory, for the crime.
According to a PTI report, Uttar Bharatiya Vikas Parishad president Maheshsingh Kushwah claimed that over 20,000 people belonging to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar had already fled Gujarat due to the prevailing situation.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja said efforts were underway to find out whether “it (attacks) is a conspiracy by those who are out of power in Gujarat since the last 22 years”. The Minister further added that it is the responsibility of the state government to provide security to those who come to Gujarat for employment from other states and appealed to those who have fled to come back to the state.