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Number of migrant workers leaving Gujarat is falling, say authorities

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The number of Hindi-speaking leaving has come down after they were reassured about their safety in the state, officials and industry body representatives said Wednesday.

Compared to the past few days, no long queues for north-bound trains were seen at major railway stations.

Police and district officials held meetings with and factory owners at several places and told them that they need not worry about their safety.

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

Former of Chamber of Commerce and Industries held a meeting with around 200 migrant workers at Naroda industrial area of Wednesday.

"We told workers to join work without any fear and also ask their friends who have left to return," he said.

Deputy of Police said many migrant workers returned to factories in Naroda area Wednesday.

"We told them that we are always alert to protect them. We are conducting flag marches (in areas where migrant workers were attacked) and police have been deployed... We have conducted more than 250 mohalla meetings (meeting with residents of a respective locality), asking people not to heed to rumours," he said.

Avdhesh Tiwari, a from Uttar Pradesh, said he has been living in for 10 years, and never felt so scared as in the past few days.

"At one point I felt like leaving for home with my friends who have already gone back. But our factory owner and police officers asked us to stay back. The situation is normal and there is nothing to fear now," Tiwari told reporters.

Shyam Singh Thakur, of the Uttar Bhartiya Vikas Parishad, an organisation representing North Indian migrants, said it is holding meetings with workers and persuading those who have left to come back.

More than 60,000 Hindi-speaking people left for their home states mainly because of the rumours on that they will be attacked if they did not leave Gujarat by October 8, he said.

"We are trying to persuade those who left to come back before Diwali as Diwali is the time when they get extra money and bonus," he said.

"A majority of around 60-70 thousand people who left Gujarat had left by October 8, after which the number fell. Now some of them are coming back," he claimed.

Collectors of Ahmedabad, and districts visited railway stations and talked to people from who were leaving for home.

"They (migrants) said they are assured about their safety. They are leaving for home for festivals and will be back after Diwali," said

held meetings with factory owners in the city.

"We have assured them of full safety. As a special measure, we have deployed an extra Quick Response Team vehicle to provide immediate police assistance. I have also asked police inspectors to stay in the limits of their police stations (so that they can act quickly)," he said.

Unlike in the past few days, no long queues for north-bound states were seen at railway stations.

"I am going home for Diwali. I was planning to go three days ago but was delayed due to crowd," said Ashok, a migrant from Agra, who works at a textile unit in

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 18:35 IST
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