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After Mass Exodus Of North Indians From Gujarat, Police Arrests Around 350 People, Lodges 35 FIRs

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| October 8 , 2018 , 15:05 IST

The violent clashes in Gujarat continued against workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar following the arrest of a Bihari man, for allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl in the Sabarkantha district last week. The clashes also led to the mass exodus of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from Gujarat.

The Gujarat police have arrested more than 350 people across five districts for targeting migrants, particularly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, in violent protests across the state.

Gujarat Home Minister Pradeep Singh Jadeja while addressing the media on the issue said, "In the last 4-5 days, there have been attacks on people from UP and Bihar in Gujarat. We have taken action against people involved in these attacks."

The Home Minister also added, “Police are interrogating the people who have been arrested for these attacks. Police are taking action wherever needed. We have registered three cases under the IT Act for spreading hatred on social media.”

He further added, “It is our responsibility to provide security to those who come to Gujarat for employment from other states. We are in touch with the Central government. We have submitted a report to the central govt regarding every incident.”

Jadeja also said, “We have lodged 35 FIRs. In the last 24 hours, the number of attacks has decreased. We appeal to people to not be frightened as we are taking appropriate actions.”

According to reports, protests erupted in the districts of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Patan, Sabarkantha and Mehsana after the arrest of Ravindra Sahu, who was held for allegedly raping a minor in the state.