Behera reassures migrant labour force

As'Fake Assault Video On Migrant Workers In Kerala Goes Viral CM Pinarayi Vijayan Orders Probe

In a police complaint, the Kozhikode city unit of Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA) said certain WhatsApp groups were circulating fake pictures and voice messages to instill fear in the minds of the migrant workers, reports The New Indian Express.

Loknath Behera on Tuesday took the unusual step of directly addressing migrant workers in Kerala.

Minister for Labour T P Ramakrishnan said the government was committed to ensuring the safety of migrant workers and would continue to provide them with welfare measures.

The malicious clips also allege that the violent attacks against labourers from other states were being carried out at the behest of the Kerala government and urge the migrant labourers to go back to their home states.

"In case of any issue, they can approach the nearby police station or talk to their employer". "Migrants have been working in the state for the last 15 years and they have not faced any discrimination", he added. There is an ulterior motive behind the false propaganda that migrant workers were attacked. They can also contact me if required, " he said. The Kerala police have started an investigation in this regard, DGP added. Kozhikode City police chief Mahesh Kumar will coordinate the investigation, Behera said.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan cautioned the people of the state to be alert about a deliberate attempt to defame the state and sabotage the cordial atmosphere prevailing in the state. "We treat those from outside Kerala as our brothers and that is our culture". It is learnt that out of some 30,000 migrant labourers working in Kozhikode, almost 500 have left for their native places.

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