In a disturbing development, migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar feel unsafe in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s own state Gujarat and already hundreds of them left for their home states.
This was followed by attacks and threatson “non-Gujaratis” last week, from the local residents after the rape of a toddler by a migrant worker from Bihar, which has led to chain reaction of retaliatory violence in central and north Gujarat towns, where industries have employed large number of cheap contract labourers from these states.
Most of the migrant labourers lived in villages close to the industries they were employed in following threats issued by the local village leaders. Looking at the gravity of the situation, the state police chief Shivanand Jha ordered deployment of armed police around industrial units in as many as six districts.
He said that already they have arrested over 700 people, who were involved in riotings, targeting the property of Hindi-speaking migrant workers from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Sabarkantha district. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has reiterated the government’s resolve to guarantee jobs to the locals in industries that are set up in the state.