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Nitish speaks with Rupani over attacks on non-Gujaratis; Bihar CS in touch with Guj counterpart

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Kumar said Monday he has spoken to his counterpart and expressed concern over attacks in the western state on non-Gujarati people, including those from

Condemning the rape of a 14-month-old girl, which triggered the violent attacks, Kumar said the guilty must be punished but an entire community should not be "tarred with the same brush".

"Our government is aware and alert. I spoke to the Sunday. Our and of police are also in touch with their counterparts in Gujarat," Kumar told reporters here.

"If somebody has committed a crime, he must be punished severely. But on account of one incident, people should not generalise and hold a grouse against an entire state," he said.

Non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from and Uttar Pradesh, have been targeted by locals following the rape of the girl by a native of Bihar, in Gujarat's district on September 28.

The attacks intensified following the circulation of hate messages on Police have arrested 342 people from various parts of for allegedly attacking non-Gujaratis.

Meanwhile, a JD(U) in a two-page open letter to Rahul Gandhi, blamed the grand old party for the violence against Biharis.

"You appointed your Gujarat MLA Alpesh Thakor as one of the national secretaries in-charge of Bihar and his outfit Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena is driving out migrant Biharis," Neeraj Kumar, a JD(U) MLC and spokesman,

He also took potshots at the alliance with the RJD, saying the is "headed by a convicted person (Lalu Prasad) whose son (Tejashwi Yadav) is also facing corruption charges".

Reacting to the JD(U) MLC's charge, said instead of writing a letter to Gandhi, should speak to his boss Kumar who is running a government in alliance with the which rules Gujarat.

Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav expressed strong resentment over the humiliation Biharis have to face everywhere in the country, Gujarat being only the latest instance.

He asked the Kumar and to intervene and ensure that attacks on Biharis in Gujarat are stopped.

"If that does not happen, we will ensure that no Gujarati is able to enter Bihar for any purpose whatsoever," Yadav, who has been known for using strong arm tactics in his three-decade-long political career, said.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 15:15 IST