Ahmedabad, Oct 7 : Hundreds of migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar are fleeing Gujarat fearing mob attacks which erupted after the rape of a 14-month-old baby girl by a man from Bihar in Sabarkantha on September 28.
Furious mob took to streets hunting and attacking migrants in different parts of the state while massive protests broke out in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Patan, Sabarkantha and Mehsana a day after the accused was arrested.
Toddler rape also sparked massive protests in the state while hate messages against non-Gujaratis, particularly those from Bihar and UP, were circulated on social media.
The Gujarat police said that at least 180 people have been arrested across five districts for allegedly targeting people, mostly migrant workers, from UP and Bihar.
The police is patrolling the streets of Sabarkantha, 116 km from Ahmedabad, a senior police officer said. The situation is under control, he added.
“We have arrested more than 150 such people and are patrolling areas that have more non-Gujarati people,” Gujarat Director General of Police Shivanand Jhasaid, quoted by ANI.