Muzaffarpur court orders FIR against Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor for 'attacks on migrants from Bihar'

Muzaffarpur: A court at Muzaffarpur in Bihar on Tuesday directed police to lodge a case against Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor while hearing a petition which accused them of inciting attacks against migrants from Bihar.

Muzaffarpur court orders FIR against Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor for attacks on migrants from Bihar

File image of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani. PTI

Muzaffarpur Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (West) Saba Alam passed the order after hearing the petition of Tamanna Hashmi, a social activist.

The court ordered that the FIR be lodged at Kanti police station in the district under sections 153, 295 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code, which relate to provocation with an intent to cause riot and insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace.

Incidents of violence against migrants were reported from Gujarat in 2018 after a man from Bihar was accused of allegedly raping and murdering a girl.

The violence sparked an exodus of migrant labourers in the state.

According to several media reports, many workers belonging to northern Indian states boarded home-bound trains after some of them were targeted following the arrest of the suspect.

It was alleged that many of the attackers belonged to an organization headed by Thakor, but the Congress MLA has denied the same.

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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 18:49:15 IST

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