Many workers and people from UP, MP and Bihar leaving north Gujarat after protests broke out over the rape of a 14-month-old girl. The child was raped in Sabarkantha district on September 28, after which the accused was arrested. In few days, violence broke out in six districts, in which many migrant labors were targeted.
From Ahmedabad and its neighbouring districts, Hindi-speaking migrants who have lived in Gujarat for years, are fleeing — driven by fear after mobs, seemingly angry over the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl, started to attack “non-Gujaratis” earlier this week.
In some cases, landlords had asked them to leave, said some of the migrants waiting for a bus in the afternoon sun Saturday. At least 180 people had been arrested in the districts of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Sabarkantha, Patan, and Mehsana for targeting migrants, especially those from UP and Bihar, police had said Friday.
Some 20 buses, each packed with more than 80 passengers, left for UP, MP and Bihar Saturday. Normally, no more than a handful of buses leave on these long-distance routes every week.
Gujarat Congress legislator Alpesh Thakor, who heads the Thakor Sena group in the state, has appealed for calm. Mr Thakor’s group has been accused of leading the attacks on the migrant workers from the two states.