New Delhi: Blaming Narendra Modi over the exodus of non-Gujaratis especially those hailing from UP, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh from Gujarat, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam asked him how would he face them in Varanasi. Also Read - Vaccination Against COVID-19 Begins in India, Bailey Bridge on Jammu-Srinagar Highway Opens After 1 Week: Top Headlines at This Hour

PM ke grih rajya (Gujarat) mein agar UP, Bihar aur MP ke logon ko maar-maar ke bhagaya jaayega toh ek din PM ko bhi Varanasi jana hai, yeh yaad rakhna. Varanasi ke logon ne unhe gale lagaya aur PM banaya tha (If people of UP, Bihar and MP will be beaten up in PM’s home state then PM must remember that one day he has to go Varanasi. The people of Varanasi had hugged him and made the Prime Minister),” ANI quoted Nirupam as saying. Also Read - New Vistadome Jan Shatabdi Express For Ahmedabad to Kevadia From Today | In Pictures

Notably, Nirupam’s statement comes after people from the Kshatriya Thakor Sena attacked non-Gujaratis, following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district. Earlier in the day, it has been reported that 342 people were taken into custody from various parts of Gujarat for allegedly attacking North Indians. Also Read - Maharashtra Man Kills Girlfriend to Avoid Marrying Her, Hides Body in Walls of Flat

“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.

Police officials in Gandhinagar, the worst-affected district, have been directed to organise camps and communicate with local leaders to convince the people to stay.  “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 added.

Earlier 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.