MK Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, alleged ‘BJP members from north Indian states’ of spreading ‘false propaganda’ about the alleged attack on Bihari migrant workers on Thursday. He claimed there was a ‘politically motivated plot’ against his government, and noted that the rumors – which went viral on social media and were shared by some media outlets – surfaced just a day after he called on the opposing party to unite against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2024 election.
He was referring to remarks he made last week during his birthday celebrations, in which he was asked to serve as the opposition’s prime ministerial face. Stalin stated today that his state is home to people from all over India, and that “Tamils love brotherhood…”
“You can conclude the plot by observing that this (rumor spreading) occurred the day after I spoke about the need for a united, national-level alliance against the BJP. A few people made fake videos through which they are spreading false information. Members of the BJP from northern Indian states did this with bad intentions “He stated.
Stalin stated that he spoke with top police officials in his state as well as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the matter.
“I spoke with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar about these fake videos. In Tamil Nadu, there have been no such incidents…” DGP (Sylendra Babu) clarified the situation. Even Bihar delegates visited and returned completely satisfied, according to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s leader.
Stalin and the Tamil Nadu government communicated with Migrants
Stalin was also stopped by a certain migrant community on Tuesday to reassure the public and panic caused by fake videos of attacks on Bihari workers.
On the same day, senior DMK leader TR Baalu met with Nitish Kumar in Patna to assure him of the safety of migrant workers.
Tamil Nadu has a huge population of laborers from northern states such as Bihar who work in a variety of industries such as textiles and construction.
Four videos claiming horrific attacks on Bihari migrants began circulating on March 1. One such video was investigated and found to be fabricated by a Jharkhand native and his friends to stimulate unease among the migrant workforce.
Tamil Nadu and Bihar police action
Both states’ police departments have taken action.
Tamil Nadu’s top cop, Babu, told reporters that the fake videos were posted by ‘someone in Bihar;’ one was of a fight between two groups of migrants, and the other was between locals in Coimbatore.
Jitendra Singh Gangawar, Additional Director General of Bihar Police, stated that the death of a migrant worker was a suicide disguised as a murder.
This week, Bihar Police arrested one person and filed cases against others for spreading false information, while Tamil Nadu Police red-flagged a video distributed by a Bihar ‘journalist’.
According to a senior state official, police in Tamil Nadu have filed 12 FIRs against individuals and institutions, including the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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