Ahmedabad: Several migrant workers, who are from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, have left north Gujarat after violence erupted in the state following the rape of a 14-month-old baby girl recently, reports said.
The girl was allegedly raped by a person from Bihar. The police have arrested the accused.
Fleeing migrants said there was an “atmosphere of fear and mistrust” across Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Aravalli districts of Gujarat following the violence allegedly sparked by the Kshatriya Thakor Sena (KTS) campaign against migrants, Hindustan Times reported on Sunday.
“We do not want to risk our lives. We have been hearing stories about migrant labourers being attacked,” Ajay Sao, who was among those headed home, was quoted as telling the HT.
Over 150 people have also been arrested for allegedly targeting people, mostly migrant workers, from UP and Bihar, and the police are patrolling the streets of Sabarkantha, 116 km from Ahmedabad, a senior police officer was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The situation is currently under control.
Protests were reported from different parts of Gujarat including Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Patan, Sabarkantha and Mehsana.
The protest was reported a day after the accused person was arrested.