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Mass exodus of migrant workers from Gujarat after attacks by local villagers

Sunday October 7, 2018 7:45 PM, News Network

Gujarat attack on migrant workers

Ahmedabad (Gujarat): Hundreds of Hindi speaking migrant workers, specially from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, are leaving Gujarat with their families after rape of a 14-year-old local girl triggered violent protest in the state.

Most of the migrant labourers lived in villages close to the industries they were employed in. They started leaving the state following threats issued by the local village leaders. According to reports, some of the migrant workers left after landlords asked them to leave.

Reports coming from the state further said that motorcycle-riding youth have been moving around in the industrial areas of Ahmedabad and Mehsana raising provocative slogans against migrant workers. The social media too is abuzz with provocative videos and messages spewing venom at the ‘outsiders’.

Fearing attacks, a number of migrant workers living in pre-dominantly labour localities of Ahmedabad have locked up their houses and left either for their home states or shifted to ‘safer’ homes of their friends and relations.

The backlash against migrants in Gujarat was triggered by the alleged involvement of a Bihari migrant in the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district on September 28. The victim belongs to the Thakor community.

On October 3, a mob allegedly comprising Thakor community members engaged in vandalism in Chandlodia area of Ahmedabad, demanding people from North India leave the city, news agencu PTI reported citing police officials.

Over 200 people have been arrested for rioting and targeting the property of Hindi-speaking migrant workers from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Sabarkantha district.

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