Violence scares migrants, many consider leaving for hometowns

Gurugram: Scared by the violence, auto-rickshaw driver Rehmat Ali is thinking of going back home to West Bengal. “Some people came on motorcycles on August 1 night, threatening us that if we did not leave, they would set fire to our slum. Police have been present here since night but my family is scared and we are leaving the city,” said Ali, who lives in a slum in Sector 70A here.

“We can come back when the situation improves,” he added. After the communal violence in Gurugram, some Muslim migrants are thinking of leaving the city at least for a while.

In Nuh, some Hindu migrants have decided to leave the city. As curfew is imposed in the district, the migrant families, including children, are preparing to leave the place on foot.

Jagdish from Madhya Pradesh said that he was living in Nuh for the last several months but now feeling scared here, and would leave for his hometown. Like Jagdish, Ram Avatar of Uttar Pradesh, who is living here with his family, said several Hindu families have started leaving for their hometowns.

“About 400 Hindu families have been forced to leave the city,” claimed Jagdish who works as a daily wager.

According to police, several people, most of them from Muslim community, living in slums in Wazirabad, Ghata village, Sector 70A and Badshahpur, are returning to their native place. (PTI)

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