Ahmedabad: Three people were arrested for allegedly attacking seven men hailing from Bihar for wearing ‘lungi’ and ‘sitting indecently’ in Vadodara in Sama locality. This incident took place on Wednesday. This comes in the wake of recent attacks on migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in Gujarat. Also Read - Major Setback For Congress in Gujarat as 2 Party MLAs Resign Ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls
Talking to PTI about the incident, Vadodara Police Commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot said, “The men were attacked after they did not pay heed to the local residents, who regularly asked them not to sit there indecently by wearing lungi (a traditional garment worn around the waist).” He said the incident cannot be termed a “hate crime” against Hindi-speaking migrants. Also Read - Bihar Artist Makes Sand Art Seeking Justice For Kerala Elephant, Calls the Incident a 'Blot on Humanity'
“The victims, working at a construction site in the locality, used to wear lungi and sit in the area. Women and men, staying at Vankarvas under Sama police station area, had repeatedly warned these men against wearing lungi and sitting indecently,” Singh said. “The victims were attacked after an altercation broke out between the two groups on Monday night,” he added. Also Read - Cyclone Nisarga: Three Dead, Trees Uprooted But Mumbai Spared Major Damage | Key Developments
The accused have been identified as Dhiru Parmar, Hardik Parmar, and Nikunj Vaghela. The three arrested accused were booked under Indian Penal Code sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 435 (mischief by fire), and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed).
Notably, several districts in the northern parts of Gujarat were rocked by violence after a labourer from Bihar was arrested on the charge of raping a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district on September 28. The attacks on Hindi-speaking migrants, mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh led to the exodus of thousands of migrants from Gujarat.
(With agency inputs)