"I request the migrant labourers not to fall into such false propaganda".
"Miscreants spreading rumours among migrant workers in Kerala to cause discord is highly condemnable", Vijayan tweeted, adding that "Govt. assures that there is no cause of worry". Besides giving assurances of safety to the migrant workers, the state police chief also said that the state police would reach out directly to labourers from other state to assuage their concerns by creating awareness about the issue among them. He said an investigation was on to identify the genesis of the campaign.
In a police complaint, the Kozhikode city unit of Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA) said certain WhatsApp groups were circulating fake pictures and voice messages to instill fear in the minds of the migrant workers, reports The New Indian Express.
"In case of any issue, they can approach the nearby police station or talk to their employer".
According to the Newspaper, Efforts were on to trace the source of the malicious propaganda and stern action would be taken against the offenders.The Minister said the government was rolling out a scheme to provide medical care and insurance for migrant workers in several sectors. "The origin can be from anywhere in India".
He was addressing the media in the wake of reports that many migrant laborers were returning to their states en masse after a false campaign claimed that workers from the north and eastern parts of the country were coming under widespread attacks in Kerala.
On Monday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a particular lobby was spreading canards about migrant labourers in Kerala.
Almost 400 migrant workers have fled from Kozhikode recently after fake WhatsApp videos surfaced, warning of death threats.