Team of Bihar officials to visit Tamil Nadu to probe ‘attack’ on migrants

The Bihar government on Friday decided to send a team of senior officials to verify reports of attacks on migrant laborers from the state working in Tamil Nadu after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a meeting with Chief Secretary Amir Subhani on the matter.

Leader of Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha talking to the media outside the Bihar Legislative Assembly on Friday.  (HT Photo)
Leader of Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha talking to the media outside the Bihar Legislative Assembly on Friday. (HT Photo)

Earlier in the day, a delegation led by Leader of the Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha met the chief minister’s chamber in the state assembly, which is in session, and demanded that a delegation be sent to the southern state to look into the matter.

A press statement from the CM Secretariat said the team, which is likely to leave for Tamil Nadu on Saturday, would visit areas from where attacks on migrants have been reported in the last few days and seek redressal of the issue. Will take steps

At a press conference after meeting the CM, Sinha, leader of the opposition, said he has apprised Nitish Kumar of phone calls from migrants from Tamil Nadu concerned about their safety and urged him to take immediate action Is.

Sinha said, “A team from Bihar will go to Tamil Nadu.”

The move comes a day after Tamil Nadu Director General of Police (DGP) Sylendra Babu denied reports of attacks on migrants from Bihar and termed two video clips allegedly attacking migrant workers as “false and malicious”. Is.

The issue rocked the Bihar assembly even in the pre-lunch session.

Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav reiterated that the Tamil Nadu DGP has denied such reports and accused the BJP of not listening to facts. Speaking in the Assembly, he said that the BJP may approach the Union Home Minister to form a team to verify the facts. He also questioned the opposition leader who showed the video on his mobile phone about the alleged attacks on migrants from Bihar in Tamil Nadu.

Members of the BJP were particularly vocal against Yadav, saying that he was recently attending the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s birthday event in Chennai when migrants from Bihar were allegedly being attacked.

Hitting back at the BJP, Yadav asked the opposition leader, “How do you know it is a Bihari worker attacked by local Tamils? The only way to find out is to investigate the matter with the authorities there.”

As the BJP members turned aggressive and began thumping the desks of the journalists, Speaker Awadh Bihari Chowdhary distanced them from disciplinary action and asked Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Kumar Chowdhary to consult them.

“He has an issue with Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav that he went to Tamil Nadu on the personal invitation of the Chief Minister of that state. Even if the reports of violence against migrants turn out to be true, would it mean that the officials and dignitaries of both the states have severed all ties”, Chowdhury said.

Later, as soon as the Deputy CM started speaking, the BJP members staged a walkout.

In his statement, Yadav also accused the BJP of stalling the proceedings of the House over the arrest of the father of a soldier from Bihar who was martyred in the Galwan Valley clash with Chinese troops in 2020. Case filed by a neighbor. They said. “The two have been involved in a dispute that dates back to the time the army man was alive.”

Yadav also took a jibe at the Leader of the Opposition, saying, “It doesn’t seem like you hold much importance in your own party.” A press conference was called on this issue on Thursday, which was addressed by your counterpart in the Legislative Council and the state president of your party. No one bothered to invite you”.

Reacting to the constant attacks on him by BJP members for “visiting Tamil Nadu on a chartered plane”, Yadav hit back. “At least, I did not use an aircraft owned by Adani,” he said.

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