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Exodus of migrant workers from Gujarat: Cong stages protests across UP

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The staged protests across on Tuesday against attacks on Hindi-speaking migrant workers in

In state capital Lucknow, scores of workers took out a march from the party office and raised slogans against the central and governments, said.

They were stopped by the police after a short distance, Awasthi said, adding that the protesters burnt the effigies of the central and governments.

Similar protests were held in several districts, including Hardoi, Sitapur, Gonda, Basti, and

In Gorakhpur, workers led by staged a protest. They also put up posters with the message that "every Indian is welcome in Uttar Pradesh".

"We are large-hearted and do not discriminate against anyone based on where they hail from. The people of Gujarat and and all other parts of the country are welcome in I am surprised that has not uttered a single word on the issue," said.

The exodus of Hindi-speaking migrant workers from Gujarat after attacks on them in several parts of the state showed no signs of abating on Tuesday.

Since the rape of a 14-month-old girl in district on September 28 and the arrest of a labourer hailing from for the crime, six districts, most of them in north Gujarat, have witnessed sporadic incidents of violence against Hindi-speaking people.

Shyam Singh Thakur, of the Uttar Bhartiya Vikas Parishad, an outfit of north Indians in Gujarat, claimed more than 60,000 Hindi-speaking migrant labourers have fled the state so far. He claimed that people who had decided earlier to leave the state continue to board buses and trains.

Meanwhile, members of the UP-Ekta Manch, a little known organisation formed recently, put up posters in some parts of against the violence against Hindi-speaking migrant workers in Gujarat. The organisation also took out a rally and demanded strict action against those involved the attacks.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 21:50 IST