Entire community should not be ‘tarred with the same brush’, responds Bihar CM on attacks on migrants in Gujarat

Patna | Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday expressed his concern over the recent attacks on Hindi speaking migrant workers after an alleged rape on a 14-month-old minor in Gujarat.

Addressing media, Kumar informed that he has spoken to the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani and assured that the authorities are monitoring the situation. He said,”Our government is aware and alert. I spoke to the Gujarat chief minister on Sunday. Our chief secretary and director general of police are also in touch with their counterparts in Gujarat.” He further added, “If somebody has committed a crime, he must be punished severely. But on account of one incident, people should not generalise and hold a grouse against an entire state.”

Earlier hundreds of migrants workers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh were forced to leave to the state of Gujarat amid fear after attacks on Non-Gujarati by the angry mob over the alleged rape of a 14-month-old minor.

According to reports, the locals started to attack the Hindi speaking migrants in Gujarat after the police arrested a person named Rabindra Sahu, a resident of Bihar for his alleged involvement in the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district last week. The mob attacked the house of the migrants with stones and stick in areas of Gujarat such as Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Sabarkantha, Patan and Mehsana. The state police has arrested around 342 people in connection to these attacks.

Responding to the attacks, Gujarat Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja said,” Police are interrogating the people who have been arrested for these attacks. Police are taking action wherever needed. We have registered 3 cases under the IT Act for spreading hatred on social media.” He further added that,” It is our responsibility to provide security to those who come to Gujarat for employment from other states. We are in touch with the Central government. We have submitted a report to the central govt regarding every incident.”

Congress leaders Ahmed Patel speaking on the issue of attack on the migrants said, “Innocent people should not be treated like this, they are also Indians. If this starts in a region, then it will happen in another region too; Mumbai is an example. If someone commits a crime then law should take its course.”

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