Migrant workers attack: CM says deliberate attempt to defame state

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The social media campaigns have been mostly going on in Kozhikode and Kochi.

The message spreading in the social media claims that Bengalis working in hotels in Kerala are being widely prone to attacks. "There are no confirmed reports of violence or any such unpleasant incidents in the state against them in the recent past", Vijayan said in a Facebook post. Kerala government assures all those affected by these rumours that their fear is unfounded and urge not to pay attention to such fake news. They are always welcome in Kerala, the chief minister added.

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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. "All the district administration and the police have been directed to take action against the spread of such lies and rumours through the social media", he said.

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. One among the most viral is an audio saying that a hotel owner in the Mittai Theruv had strangled a labour form West Bengal and hung him on the roof.

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State police chief Loknath Behera on Tuesday issued a statement giving assurances of safety to migrant workers in the backdrop of fake stories being circulated on social media platforms of widespread attacks on workers from other states. "People of Kerala look at migrant workers as their brothers".

Another hotel owner said that numerous migrant workers were returning to their home states on account of Diwali.

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"We are not against anybody". There is no situation in the state where migrant labourers are attacked and harassed. "We will find out who is behind such campaigns", he added.

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