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FIR to Be Filed in Bihar Against Gujarat CM Rupani and MLA Alpesh Thakor

Hashmi accused both Rupani and Thakor of hurting and insulting all Biharis.
Rupani And Alpesh Thakor

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Patna: A day after a court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur ordered local police to lodge an FIR against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Gujarat Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor for violence against migrant workers from Bihar in Gujarat last year, police is likely to formally lodge the case on Wednesday.

Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate court Saba Alam has passed the order following a petition by social activist Tamanna Hashmi.

Hashmi told Newsclick on Wednesday that court has sent legal documents to the concerned police station, and that the police will lodge the case against Rupani and Thakor either today or tomorrow.

He said that the complaint was filed under section 153, 295c and 504 of the IPC, on October 9, 2018. “I had pleaded the court to take note of reports in national media that North Indians, particularly Bihari migrant workers, in Gujarat were attacked, beaten, abused, harassed and forced to leave Gujarat,” said Hashmi.

In his petition, Tamanna further said that Rupani failed to control the violence against Bihari migrant workers in Gujarat, and accused him of siding with those involved in the violence. Thakor’s Sena had reportedly instigated and forced migrant workers to flee Gujarat.

Hashmi accused both Rupani and Thakor of hurting and insulting all Biharis. “Violence against migrant workers in Gujarat was an act against unity and integrity of the country. It is a dangerous design to divide the country,” he said.

After violence against migrant workers, reports in local Hindi dailies estimated that nearly 50,000 workers from Bihar had returned to their native villages and towns.

Hundreds of thousands of workers – mostly landless farmers and large number of skilled people from urban areas from Bihar – have been working in different parts of India, earning livelihood. But reports suggest that their numbers have increased in the last two decades in Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat, Bangalore, and parts of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and Haryana.

Read more: ‘How Do we Feed Our Families Now?’ ask Migrant Workers Fleeing Gujarat

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