Two days after Republic TV accessed a footage in which Congress leader MV Thakor was seen threatening the migrants to leave Gujarat, another ten pieces visual evidence has emerged from a factory in Vadodara on Tuesday. The video clearly shows dozens of people entering the factory premises and attacking the migrants with stones in broad day light.
When contacted, the migrants alleged that they were threatened to flee from Ahmedabad and were warned of consequences. Not only this, the migrants claimed that their daughters were also threatened.
Here's what the victims said:
Victim 1 - What will happen to our kids now? Who will give them admission to school now?
Victim 2 - We sold our house back home and then built a house here.
Victim 1 - There is nothing in that address, what will we do after going there, where will we go? We do not have a house and there are so many children to look after. They come and threaten us here saying that if you do anything with our children then we too can do anything with with your children.
This comes after exodus like situation emerged in Gujarat. The migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh fleed the state over the fear of backlash following the rape of a 14-month-old toddler by a man from Bihar. Later, Republic TV put out the video of Congress leader Alpesh Thakor that dates back thirteen days before the tension begin in the state. Alpesh could be heard inciting violence and creating a divide between 'Gujarati Vs Non-Gujarati' divide through his 'hate speech'.
While speaking to Republic TV's Priyanka Sharma, Alpesh agreed that his Thakor Sena workers "must have threatened people". In the same breath, he also stated that none of his workers resorted to violence.
"First thing first, I don't completely deny the allegations on Thakor Sena. I agree that 2-3 boys from Thakor Sena would have been present during the incident but they did not resort to violence. Yes, they must have threatened them which I agree is unacceptable. Gujarat is for everyone. I have said it time and again, even before the incident, that certain people are trying to frame my Thakor Sena. They are using my name to suppress poor people. This is an attempt to defame Gujarat. How can I do this? I am a humanitarian", he stated.
When asked about the mass exodus of non-Gujaratis from the state, the leader gave out the following reasoning:
"All those who have left the state have gone to celebrate Chhat Puja. Due to rumours in the media, they were scared. We were not behind any divide the incident. I will meet people from UP and Bihar and give them assurance. Don't defame me. I am not a culprit. I will quit if proven guilty".