The Gujarat High Court on Thursday directed the state government to file an affidavit on the measures it has taken to ensure the safety of the migrant workers who were targeted in attacks over the last two weeks.
The direction was issued by a division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi while hearing a public interest litigation.
During a brief hearing on Thursday, Additional Advocate General Prakash Jani said the government did take several steps to ensure the safety of the migrant workers.
The attacks started after some "political leaders" made "inflammatory speeches" to provoke local people against the migrants, the PIL alleged.
Over two lakh migrant workers have left Gujarat due to the attacks, Koshti claimed in the petition.
The spate of attacks began after the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district on September 28 and the arrest of a worker from Bihar in the case.
The state government should be directed to provide adequate security to the migrants and to pay compensation to those who were injured or whose properties were destroyed during the violence, the petition demanded.
(With inputs from agencies.)