3,650 criminal cases filed against migrant workers in last 5 years in Kerala


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Thiruvananthapuram: There have been 3,650 registered criminal cases in the state in the last five years against migrant workers. The data came to lime-light following the incident where migrant workers attacked the police officers and destroyed police vehicles at Kizhakkambalam here on Saturday.

The data was shared by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the reply to the question raised by Najeeb Kanthapuram MLA during the third session of the 15th Kerala Assembly. Back then, CM also stated that the details of civil cases involving migrant workers were not available to the government.

Chief Minister also pointed out the number of cases registered between 2016 to 2020. Only in 2020, when the lockdown has been in place for the past five years, has the number of cases dropped significantly. However, there is clear evidence that there is a substantial increase in the number of cases in previous years.

For instance, there is an increase from 639 cases in 2016 to 744 cases in 2017, 805 cases in 2018 to 978 in 2019 and 484 in 2020. In his reply, the Chief Minister has also pointed out that there were instances of migrant workers absconding after committing crimes. The CM also said that steps would be taken to contact the police in the respective states to find and apprehend such displaced persons.

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