Protests over rape of 14-month-old drive UP, Bihar workers out of north Gujarat

New Delhi: Following the protests over alleged rape of a 14-month-old baby girl by a man from Bihar last week, hundreds of migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have left north Gujarat.

As per reports, apart from the arrest of the rape accused man, over 150 people have also been arrested for allegedly targeting people, mostly migrant workers, from UP and Bihar.

Additionally, the police are patrolling the streets of Sabarkantha, 116 km from Ahmedabad and the police claim that the situation is under control.

Earlier, protests broke out in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Patan, Sabarkantha and Mehsana, a day after the accused was arrested.

“In reaction to the Himmatnagar’s Gambhoi rape incident, some people are targeting those who have come to Gujarat from other states. This is totally unacceptable. We have arrested more than 150 such people and are patrolling areas that have more non-Gujarati people,” Gujarat Director General of Police Shivanand Jha was quoted as saying in media reports.

After Thakor Sena group – headed by Gujarat Congress legislator Alpesh Thakor – was accused of leading attacks on the migrant workers from the two states, the leader from the grand old party has appealed for calm.

Thakor, while denying the allegations, said, “This is unfortunate. We have never advocated violence and only talked peace. All Indians are safe in Gujarat.”