Muzaffarpur: A court here on Tuesday directed police to lodge a case against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor while hearing a petition which accused them of inciting attacks against migrants from Bihar.

Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (West), Muzaffarpur, Saba Alam passed the order on the petition of Tamanna Hashmi, a social activist. The court ordered that the FIR be lodged at Kanti police station in the district under IPC sections 153, 295 and 504 which relate to provocation with an intent to cause riot and insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace.

Incidents of violence against migrants were reported from Gujarat last year after a man from Bihar was accused of allegedly raping and murdering a girl.

It was alleged that many of the attackers belonged to an organization headed by Thakor, which the Congress MLA has denied the same.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil, who had sent notices to Rupani for allegedly blaming him for the violence against migrant workers, said he was “closing the chapter”.

“Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has given reply to the legal notices….He replied that he has not released news against me nor managed the release in any way,” Gohil, Congress’ in-charge for Bihar, said on Twitter earlier this month.

“The CM in the reply has also stated (he) had no intention to cause any damage to my prestige,” Gohil tweeted.

He also tweeted a letter he sent to the chief minister.

“I close this chapter now….With this reply of yours, I expect that in future you will take special care when you will speak in public. This is because you carry the responsibility of the office of the Chief Minister of Gujarat,” he said in the letter.

Gohil had sent two legal notices to Rupani after the Chief Minister allegedly blamed him for the incidents of violence against Hindi-speaking migrant workers.