Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has condemned the hate campaign against North Indians in Gujarat, following the emergence of an exodus like situation in Gujarat with migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh fleeing the state over fear of backlash following the rape of a 14-month-old toddler by a man from Bihar. Condemning the situation in Gujarat, Nitish Kumar said that 'punish the culprit, but don’t target the whole community'.
“I condemn incidents what is happening in Gujarat. I had a word with Gujarat officials. If anyone commits a crime, then punish them. But nobody should target the whole community,”said the Bihar Chief Minister.
Nitish Kumar also said that he has spoken to the Gujarat Chief Minister and the chief secretary of Gujarat regarding the issue.
“I have spoken to Gujarat CM and to chief secretary of Gujarat. We are in touch with them about their security. If anyone committed a crime he should definitely get punishment.
Meanwhile, a day after it was alleged that Thakor Sena, headed by Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, has been instigating the hate campaign against North Indians in Gujarat, the police confirmed that the man who was earlier seen threatening non-Gujaratis in a video.
The Police confirmed that the man in the footage is an elected local Taluka Panchayat member of Congress named MV Thakore. The police officials have also arrested three other people who were seen in the video with Thakore as well, however, MV Thakore is absconding as of now.
Furthermore, Republic TV has accessed a video wherein Alpesh Thakor can be seen making a divisive speech, thirteen days before tension began in Gujarat.
In the video, Thakor can be seen saying, “These people who have come from outside they commit crime over here (unclear) and then beat our villagers in their own village.”
The police have so far arrested over 300 people from various parts of Gujarat for allegedly attacking non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district, a senior officer said on Sunday.