Kerala Police to probe canards about migrant labourers

Ross Houston
October 11, 2017

With a scare campaign doing the rounds that migrant labourers are unsafe in the state, DGP Loknath Behera said the state was safe for all and no discrimination was shown by the people here.

The DGP said the police would conduct awareness campaigns for migrants against the false campaign. "There was not a single incident of migrant workers being attacked in the state in the recent past". "Kerala is totally safe for people from outside the states, including migrant workers", he said and added that a "technology-based" probe was on to trace the source of the dubious campaign. Backing up its commitment to the safety of migrant workers in Kerala, the government on Tuesday announced a slew of measures for their welfare. In the event of migrant workers having any safety concerns, they could immediately report the matter to the nearby police stations. He added that the migrant workers are being recognised in no other states like how they are treated in the state and no such case of attacks against migrant workers were reported from the state in near future. He denied the reports that migrant workers were leaving the state in large numbers due to the propaganda.

The police have started a comprehensive investigation under the Cyber division to trace the message's origin. He said an investigation was on to identify the genesis of the campaign.

According to The Indian Express, a fake audio clip being circulated in Kozhikode for the last two days purportedly claimed that a hotel employee from West Bengal was beaten to death by his employer.

However, the intention is clearly to defame the state and its peaceful culture, he said. The youth was working in a hotel in Kozhikode. The highest number of those gone home belong to Midnapore in West Bengal.

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