Ahmedabad: A case was filed against Gujarat Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in a Patna court over violence against migrant workers from Bihar. The hearing on the case will be held on November 2.
Social activist Tamanna Hashmi filed the case in Muzaffarpur’s Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM)’s court. In his petition, he said that Rupani failed to control the violence against Bihari migrant workers in Gujarat and Thakor’s Sena had forced migrant workers to flee.
Earlier in the day, Thakor, who is under fire over the violence against Hindi-speaking migrants in Gujarat, sat on a fast apparently to make amends for how the image of Gujarat has suffered a beating in the past few days in the light of the migrant exodus. “I am doing ‘Sadbhavna Upvas’ because the image my Gujarat is being maligned. There is no place for violence in Gujarat. Nobody was attacked here, the environment has been vitiated due to social media. We neither support regionalism nor will we take it forward,” he had said.
On October 8, Thakor had announced a ‘Sadbhavna Upvas’ to seek justice for the 14-month-old girl who was raped in Sabarkantha district. Making the declaration, he had then said that the idea was to awaken the conscience of those who were ‘still silent’ over the rape of a girl belonging to Thakor community.
Speaking about his discussion with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in connection with the matter, he claimed that he has been advised by Gandhi scion to practise the politics that united the country. “At this point, I remember Rahul Gandhi’s words. He told me Alpesh, we should do the politics which unites the country,” Thakor said.
Meanwhile, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have demanded that the Congress should take action against Thakor, blaming him for the incidents of violence against migrants and their resultant exodus from Gujarat. Meanwhile, the state Congress MLA has denied that he or his organisation instigated the attacks on the migrants.
Since the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district on September 28 and the arrest of a labourer from Bihar for the crime, six districts in Gujarat have reported incidents of violence against Hindi-speaking migrant workers. At least 60,000 people, mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, are estimated to have fled Gujarat in the last two weeks.
The police have named members of Thakor’s organisation in some of the first information reports related to the attacks. A video, where Thakor is purportedly seen berating the migrants following the rape incident, had also gone viral earlier.
(Inputs from Agencies)