New Delhi: The Surat police dismissed rumours of a hate crime in Gujarat and said that a 32-year-old migrant worker from Bihar who was found dead by the roadside two days ago lost his life in a road accident. Earlier it was reported that the man Amarjeet Singh was beaten with rods by an agitated mob when he was returning from work. Also Read - How Racially-Motivated Spit Attacks & Hate Crimes Across the World Are More Deadly Than Coronavirus
However, Surat police commissioner Satish Sharma said the evidence showed that the deceased, Amarjit Singh, died after his motorcycle hit a tree. “Evidence gathered so far shows it was a case of accident. Preliminary forensic examination shows it was a motorcycle accident. The motorcycle hit a tree. Statements of the people who took him to hospital also corroborated it,” the commissioner said. Also Read - Mass Stabbing in New York, One Stabbed At least 6 Times; Videos Emerge
Contrary to the commissioner’s claims, the victim’s father had earlier urged the Gujarat and Bihar administrations to control the violence. (Also Read: BJP Only Creates Confusion And Communal Tension Among People, Says Mamata Banerjee) Also Read - Congress' Efforts to Incite Violence in State Have Failed, Says Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani
He also claimed,”Not a single incident of Gujaratis attacking non-Gujaratis have taken place in Surat.”
He added that the three recent cases, where complainants were non-Gujaratis, were routine crimes and twenty people were arrested. The victims in these cases continue to live in the same locality as before, which shows these were not hate crimes, the police commissioner said.
Notably, incidents of attacks on Hindi-speaking migrants were reported after a 14-month-old girl was allegedly raped in a village near Himmatnagar town of Sabarkantha district by a migrant worker from Bihar. Reports said that 35 complaints have been filed and around 450 persons have been detained so far for attacking the migrant community residing in Gujarat.