Hundreds of migrant workers in Gujarat’s Surat district came out on roads demanding to go back to their native places. They vandalised the office of an under-construction building and some vehicles, said the police. The contractors engaged in the construction of the Diamond Bourse Complex in Khajod area of Surat, hired the workers.
They started to protest when they came to know that their contractors have brought in more labourers from other parts of Gujarat to speed up the construction work after getting approval of the district collector, Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-3) Vidhi Chaudhari said.
“They got angry after seeing labourers from outside at the site. They claimed that these outsiders may be carrying coronavirus. These workers then started demanding that if permission can be granted to bring outsiders here, then why can’t they travel to their native places. This demand triggered the violence,” Ms Chaudhari said.
They damaged two cars parked near the office and also the administratives office. “We have started the process to lodge an FIR in this connection,” the official said. A police man was injured after local people threw stones. Police have arrested five people for the attack on the policemen.
“We sent a PCR van in the area after coming to know that people were roaming around and not adhering to the lockdown norms. When the police asked locals to stay indoors, some of them got angry and started throwing stones at the policemen,” Mr Barot said.