Migrant workers attack: CM says deliberate attempt to defame state

Migrant workers attack: CM says deliberate attempt to defame state

The Kerala Police is probing who is behind videos urging migrant workers in Kerala to leave the state following the death of one of them, police chief Loknath Behra said on Tuesday.

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. Subsequently, workers employed in hotels started leaving the north Kerala city of Kozhikode. "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.

"Like Keralites, migrant workers are fully safe and secure here". The voice message claimed to be that of a migrant worker - saying that a hotel owner in Kozhikode beat up a migrant worker and later killed him - is absolutely baseless, the DGP said, and added no such incident has occurred. Simultaneously, the Labour Department would take steps to enforce minimum accommodation standards for migrant labourers across the State.

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Amidst reports of the fake stories on social media triggering a mass exodus of migrant workers from the state, Behera assured the migrant workers that no such attacks against labourers from other states were taking place in the state and requested them not to fall for false propaganda.

It also points out that the Left-led Kerala government will be the first in country to provide insurance and free medical treatment for migrant workers. "This is meant to create unrest", he said. Over the years, on numerous occasions, the state government has extended a helping hand to families of those who died working here. The state government has implemented many welfare schemes for them.