Ahmedabad: Speaking on alleged attacks on migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that he has been informed by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani that no such incident had taken place in last three days. Yogi Adityanath added that people who are jealous of the development work taking place in Gujarat are spreading rumours. Talking to news agency ANI, Yogi Adityanath said, “Gujarat CM has clearly told me that no such incident has taken place in last 3 days. Ppl who are jealous of development in Gujarat are spreading such rumours. Effective steps have been taken by Gujarat govt.”
Meanwhile, Vijay Rupani told the news agency that the situation was under control in Gujarat, and appealed to people to maintain peace and brotherhood. The Chief Minister added, “The culprit of the rape case was arrested within 24 hours. We will ensure severe punishment for the culprit.”
Maintaining that innocent should not bear the brunt of one or two people who committed the crime, Congress leader Ahmed Patel told ANI, “If 1-2 persons have committed a crime, all the people should not be targeted. If they’re innocent, they should be protected. ” He further said that the state government should investigate the matter and find a solution. Urging people not to target innocent people and let, law take its course, Ahmed Patel added, “Innocent ppl 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 crime then law should take its course.”
As many as 342 people have been arrested from various parts of Gujarat for allegedly attacking non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district, a senior officer PTI late on Sunday. On September 28, a 14-month-old girl was allegedly raped in a village near Himmatnagar town of Sabarkantha district, around 100 km from Ahmedabad. The victim belongs to the Thakor community. After it came to light that the rape accused labourer, Ravindra Sahu hailed from Bihar, the Kshatriya Thakor Sena said migrant workers from other states should not be given jobs in Gujarat.
Non-Gujaratis have borne the brunt of locals’ wrath ever since a native of Bihar was arrested for allegedly raping the toddler on September 28. “Mainly, six districts have been affected by the violence, with Mehsana and Sabarkantha being the worst hit. These districts have had 42 cases lodged and so far 342 accused have been arrested. More arrests will be made as names come up during the investigations,” Director General of Police Shivanand Jha told reporters.
“Security of areas inhabited by non-Gujaratis and the factories where they work has been increased. Police have also increased patrolling in these areas,” he added. Two cases have been lodged for spreading rumours on social media which led to violence, the DGP said. On the exodus of non-Gujaratis following the attacks, Jha said they may be leaving for their native states for the upcoming festive season. “If people are leaving for home for a festival, it should not be seen otherwise. I have told my officers to visit residential areas, and if required, visit bus stands and railway stations and if people are found leaving due to fear, (then to) persuade them to come back,” he said.