Less than 10 days after a 14-month-old was raped in Sabarkantha by a Bihar man, an 'exodus' sort of situation has struck Gujarat, with non-Gujarati's, especially the migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, fleeing the state over fear of backlash.
A number of migrant workers from the two North states have been leaving Gujarat from trains and buses after a social media campaign, following the rape, instigated some quarters in the state, who have in turn resorted to violence.
It has been found out that the Thakor Sena, headed by Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, has been instigating the hate campaign against the Bihar and UP people, which has forced them to leave the state.
Speaking on the measures taken to tackle this situation, DGP Shivanand Jha told ANI on Sunday, "17 company & 1 platoon of State Reserve Police (SRP) deployed in the affected districts. 42 cases registered; 342 people arrested till now. Probe underway."
The exodus and attacks have come after hate messages started circulating on social media, calling people to come together and take revenge for the 14-month-old baby.
In a video accessed by Republic TV, a man could be seen threatening a migrant worker in the state.
Gujarati: bhaiyya ,are you alone or is there someone else?
Migrant: there are 4-5 more...
Gujarati: call them, I want to talk to them
Gujarati: where are they now?
Migrant: me and kaka are here as of now
Gujarati: call them...
Migrant: I am calling- they are coming, let them at least put their clothes on
Gujarati: where are you from?
Migrant: bihar, mp
Gujarati: (unclear)...Our Thakor's... Our Thakor's daughter was 14 months old when she was raped, do you know that? Every one in India knows it. I am just telling you one thing, that too politely, I had also posted on Whatsaap. In two days, one day has gone by, by tomorrow 9 PM, all from UP and Bihar should leave Gujarat. My daughter was just 14 months old, not 14 years, the daughter of Thakor community was raped. How is that you are not aware? The news has spread everywhere, and you say you don't know!! You are lying...
Gujarati- ok , you dont know, but tomorrow by 9.30 .I dont want anyone from UP and Bihar in my village. Because our daughter , who was just 14 months was raped. All from UP and Bihar have to leave. I will come tomorrow by 9 to check, entire Gandhinagar will come to check, then don't say that I haven't warned you.