A high-ranking Bihar bureaucrat has triggered a controversy by linking the return of migrants with a possible rise in the rate of crime in the state.
On May 29, Bihar’s Additional Director General (Law & Order) Amit Kumar wrote a letter to the Superintendents of Police of all districts, alerting them about a possible hike in crime rate in the coming days.
In the letter, the ADG has said that since there were few opportunities for employment for the returning migrants they are likely to resort to criminal activities to sustain their families.
“Migrant workers returning to the state are facing financial challenges and are under extreme stress. Chances are less that everyone will get the desired job here, therefore, in order to take care of their families, they may indulge in illegal practice because of which there could be an increase in crime,” wrote Amit Kumar in the letter.
The ADG was forced to withdraw the letter on June 4 as it triggered a controversy.
On Friday, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav raised this issue while addressing a press conference in Patna. Tejaswi Yadav lashed out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and tore a copy of the controversial letter in front of the media.
“Does Nitish Kumar think that all the migrant workers returning to Bihar are criminals? How can the government even write such a letter? Nitish Kumar should apologise for this,” demanded Tejaswi Yadav.
ADG (L&O) Amit Kumar, speaking on the controversial letter, said that he has recalled it and the content of the same are now was null and void.