THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State police chief Loknath Behera has warned of strict action against those behind fake social media campaign that migrant workers are ill-treated in Kerala. In an official statement on Monday, he appealed to the migrant workers and their kith and kin not to fall prey to fake campaign which are being spread with malicious intentions. The SPC urged public to abstain from spreading rumours. “Strict action would be taken against those who spread false and malicious messages through social media,” Behera said.
He was referring to a campaign through WhatsApp and other social media that migrant workers are assaulted. The voice message claimed to be that of a migrant worker - saying that a hotel owner in Kozhikode beat up a migrant worker and later killed him - is absolutely baseless, the DGP said, and added no such incident has occurred.
“Like Keralites, migrant workers are fully safe and secure here. The police have taken a lot of measures to ensure their safety and keep track of their condition and well-being,” the statement said. Behera pointed out the government has launched various welfare measures such as strict implementation of labour laws, ensuring good accommodation and other amenities, providing education and healthcare to children of migrant labourers and literacy campaign for migrants.