Tamil: Migrant assault videos fake, says Tamil Nadu CM, dials Bihar’s Nitish | India News


CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu police booked five people, including journalists and social media influencers, on Saturday for spreading false information as rumours went viral of attacks on migrant workers from northern states.
Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin, meanwhile, issued a statement that no harm would befall the migrant workers, whom he called “brothers who had helped in the development of Tamil Nadu”. Stalin said he had “spoken to Nitish Kumar… and assured him that all the workers in the state are our own workers. They help us in the development of our state and no harm will happen to them.”
A fact-finding team of officials from Bihar met Tamil Nadu police and labour department officials in Chennai on Saturday and later told the media that they were convinced the reports of violence against migrant workers were fake. “We met the office-bearers of the Bihar association (sic) and they told us that they don’t have any problem. We will also visit Coimbatore and Tirupur and meet the migrant workers and clear their doubts and fears,” said Balamurugan D, secretary in the Bihar rural development department.
A team of officials from Jharkhand had already visited the state and seen for themselves that there were no attacks, TN officials said.
Twitter users Prashant Umrao of BJP, and Shubham Shukla and Yuvraj Singh Rajput were booked for posting false information. Cases were also registered against the editor of Dainik Bhaskar and Mohammad Thanveer of Thanveer post.
Stalin said the rumours started after a journalist from Bihar portrayed a private conflict in some other state as having happened in Tamil Nadu. He appealed to TV channels, social media channels and platforms to adhere to media ethics and refrain from publishing news without checking the facts. Guest workers flocked to Tamil Nadu for employment are assured of a peaceful life, basic amenities and due benefits and protection under labour laws, Stalin said. Some who cannot tolerate this peaceful atmosphere are trying to denigrate the culture of the Tamil people with the ill-intention of bringing a bad name to the government, he said, warning of legal action against rumour-mongers. “It is highly condemnable that some people are doing such dirty politics on an issue that does not exist,” Stalin said.
Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai tweeted that he was disheartened to see the fake news and blamed DMK and their alliance partners’ attitude towards north Indians.
Meanwhile, DGP Sylendra Babu said “We will be sending summons to the editors of the newspapers to appear before us, and they will fix responsibility on whom action should be taken. We will be arresting the rumour-mongers. Our police teams have left for Patna and Delhi to execute the arrests.” The Tamil Nadu administration has started a concerted effort to reach out to migrant workers, especially in Coimbatore and Tirupur, and counter widespread rumours of attacks on them. Senior IAS and IPS officials visited the camps of migrant workers and their workplaces and assured them of protection. Several manufacturers’ associations have also appealed to the state government to ensure safety of the workers.
Tension defused after migrants shown CCTV footage of worker being hit by train
Coimbatore: The tension at Tirupur railway station on Friday was defused and the migrant workers who had gathered there dispersed after police showed them CCTV footage of a migrant worker being hit by a train while walking on the tracks. The worker’s body had been discovered on the tracks and the workers had gathered there saying they suspected foul play.
Police found a mobile number in a diary in the shirt pocket of the deceased. They called the number and identified the deceased as R Sanjeev Kumar (37) of Vaishali district in Bihar. He had been staying at Boyampalayam Raja Nagar for the last eight years and ran a workshop. His wife and children reside in Bihar.


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