A court in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district on Tuesday directed police to lodge a case against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor while hearing a petition, which accused them of inciting attacks against migrants from Bihar.
Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (West), Muzaffarpur, Saba Alam passed the order on the petition of Tamanna Hashmi, a social activist.
The court ordered that the FIR be lodged at Kanti police station in the district under IPC sections 153, 295 and 504 which relate to provocation with an intent to cause riot and insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace.
This has come in the light of the controversy that broke in October 2018, wherein thousands of migrant workers from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan fled the state of Gujarat after being continuously attacked. The migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh fled the state over the fear of backlash following the rape of a 14-month-old toddler by a man from Bihar.
It was alleged that many of the attackers belonged to an organization headed by Thakor, which the Congress MLA has denied the same.
However, Republic TV’s Priyanka Sharma had carried a sting operation on top aide of Alpesh Thakor and Ahmedabad Chief of the Thakor Sena, Jagat Thakor who admitted to Congress role in the tensions in Gujarat. During the sting operation, Jagat Thakor also stuck to the stance of Alpesh Thakor against non-Gujaratis and that they are getting priority over the Gujarati folk in the state, however, he also said that he was talking specifically about the people from his area.
Republic TV had also put out a video of Alpesh Thakor wherein he could be heard inciting violence and creating a divide between 'Gujarati Vs Non-Gujarati' divide through his 'hate speech'.
(With PTI inputs)