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DGP Loknath Behera seeks to assuage concerns of migrant workers

Theresa Hayes | 11 October, 2017, 07:58

Whenever the migrant workers in the state lost their lives in accidents, the government had taken special care to help their families. Mr. Behera termed as false the propaganda that a hotel owner in Kozhikode had bludgeoned to death a migrant worker on his payrolls. These are misinformation, " he said. At the press conference, he briefly spoke in Hindi and Bengali so that his message reaches migrant labourers. The police suspects that some of them who did not get chance to work in Kerala might be behind the propaganda. Though it would be a hard task to trace the source of the ongoing campaign, the cyber police was putting a lot of effort to get the leads.

"In case of any issue, they can approach the nearby police station or talk to their employer".

Mr. Behera also said that he would try to convey his message through his counterparts in West Bengal and Odisha from where the maximum numbers of migrants come. Kozhikode city police commissioner S. Kaliraj Mahesh Kumar will coordinate the investigation, he added. Though investigation has begun, he said it was hard to trace the origin of the message. But tracing it is a hard task, " he said. As the video was being circulated on social media, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said efforts originating from north India were behind the move to show the state in poor light. "Some people are trying to detract the migrant labourers through such messages, " he said.

According to reports in the media on Tuesday, hotels and restaurants in Kozhikode, Ernakulam, and Kollam have downed shutters for want of employees following mass exodus of migrant labourers from these districts.