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‘Against the integrity of India’: MK Stalin speaks to Bihar CM about attacks on migrants in Tamil Nadu

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Amid reports of alleged attacks on migrant workers in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister MK Stalin spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday and briefed him on the situation. He affirmed that people involved in such attacks are “acting against the integrity of India”.

Speaking about several videos circulating on social media attacking migrant workers, especially from Bihar, Stalin said that in addition to those accused, strict action will also be taken against those who deliberately spread rumors, post false videos and photos on social media and try to spread fear and panic in the state.

The development came when many videos were released on social media platforms showing migrants being mistreated by the mob. Tamil Nadu has labeled many such videos as fake and said action will be taken against the accused in such cases.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has formed a four-member committee that will travel to Tamil Nadu to take stock of the situation. “As soon as I got to know about it through the newspapers, I ordered officials to investigate the matter. They spoke to the Tamil Nadu government and said that a team should be sent from here,” said Nitish Kumar, adding that the four-member team will look into the matter in detail.

D Balamurugan, Secretary, Rural Development, P Kanan, IPS (IG CID), Shree Alok, Special Secretary, Labor Department, and an IPS officer are part of the four-member committee that will submit the report to the Bihar Chief Minister after the visit.

Tamil Nadu DGP Sylendr Babu has claimed that the videos are fake and the context of the videos has also changed.

‚ÄúSomeone in Bihar has posted false and mischievous videos saying that migrant workers are being attacked in Tamil Nadu. Two videos have been posted and both are false, these two incidents happened in Tiruppur and Coimbatore before. Both cases were not a clash between the people of Tamil Nadu and migrant workers. One was a clash between two groups of migrant workers from Bihar and another video was a clash between two locals of Coimbatore,” the top police officer said.

Tamil Nadu Police warned against strict action against those who share such fake videos on social media platforms.

(with input from ANI)


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