New Delhi: A four-member team sent to Tamil Nadu by the Bihar government to enquire about allegations of attack on migrant workers said the videos reportedly showing assault on labourers were “fake”, news agency PTI reported.
The Bihar team, headed by Rural Development Department Secretary Balamurugan D, in its report submitted to chief minister Nitish Kumar, said that the videos of migrants being beaten up in Tamil Nadu and widely circulated on the social media were “fake”, an official statement of the Bihar government said.
The statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) also said that there were “seven such fake videos” that were circulated on the social media.
“The team members visited Chennai, Tiruppur and Coimbatore. They interacted with representatives of different industrial associations, workers’ unions and entrepreneurs from Bihar during their stay from March 4 to March 7 in the southern state,” the CMO statement said.
The four-member delegation also met the chief secretary and the director general of police of the southern state. The three other members of the team were Inspector General of Police (CID) P Kannan, Bihar Labour Commissioner Alok Kumar and Superintendent of Police (SP, special task force) Santosh Kumar.
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Now, the people have realised that the “videos that were shared on social media were fake”, the statement further said, adding that the team members expressed satisfaction over the Tamil Nadu government’s actions after the fake videos surfaced.
Notably, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin had also reached out to the migrant workers in the state and assured that there has been “no threat” to them.
It is to be noted that Tamil Nadu has a sizeable number of migrant worker population, with many from states like Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal among others being employed in various sectors including construction.