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How Gujarat authorities are working to stop exodus of migrant workers

The Gujarat police said they have taken action against people responsible for spreading rumours

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

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Police officials organised meetings of local peace committees and felicitated migrant workers for their contribution to the state

The authorities in districts which saw attacks on Hindi-speaking migrant workers following the rape of a 14-month-old girl are reaching out to the affected people to persuade them to stay back.

Non-Gujaratis were targeted after a native of Bihar was arrested for allegedly raping the toddler in Sabarkantha district on September 28. The attacks triggered an exodus of Hindi-speaking workers from

Chief Secretary J N Singh directed the collectors of affected districts to reach out to Hindi-speaking migrants to instill confidence in them.

In one such measure, Aravalli district collector N Nagarajan, accompanied by superintendent of police (SP) Mayur Patil, on Thursday had 'pani puri' from the stall of a migrant from Madhya Pradesh.

"Tasted #Panipuri at a stall run by an entrepreneur belonging to #NorthIndia with @Arvalli_SP @DdoArvalli. He expressed full confidence in measures taken by district administration to ensure safety and security and maintain law and order," Nagarajan said in a tweet.

He also shared photos of his meetings with migrants' representatives.

Collectors of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and other affected districts also visited areas with large migrant populations to spend time with them and allay their concerns about safety. The collectors were accompanied by the respective SPs.

Over the last few days, they also held meetings with leaders of organisations representing Hindi-speaking migrants, most of whom are employed in industrial belts of

Ahmedabad collector Vikrant Pandey shared on Twitter measures being taken by his office to prevent migrants from leaving, including visits to the railway station and meeting workers in industrial areas.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pandey told reporters, "The situation is normal and there is nothing to worry about."

Police officials organised meetings of local peace committees and felicitated migrant workers for their contribution to the state.

On Wednesday, Additional Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad city, Ashok Yadav felicitated around 250 families of workers from Naroda and Odhav industrial areas.

He said the move was aimed at boosting their morale.

The Gujarat police said they have taken action against people responsible for spreading rumours that led to attacks on migrants and to ensure social media is not misused.

No fresh incidents of attack on migrants have been reported from any part of Gujarat since the last few days.

First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 23:40 IST
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