On behalf of the people of Kerala and the government, I assure migrant workers once again that they are not only safe but always welcome in Kerala. Subsequently, workers employed in hotels started leaving the north Kerala city of Kozhikode. "Those who spread rumours will be brought to justice".
"It has come to the government's notice that some anti-social elements are spreading rumours among migrant workers in Kerala".
In another tweet Vijayan said: "Kerala society is rooted in harmony".
A report says, so far, almost 400 migrant workers have fled Kozhikode district after such messages said migrant workers from North and East India were facing death threats in Kerala. Seeing messages in WhatsApp and Facebook groups, families are putting pressure on the workers to return at the earliest. He added that the migrant workers are being recognised in no other states like how they are treated in the state and no such case of attacks against migrant workers were reported from the state in near future.
The false campaign also used videos of mob lynching in the North to scare and trigger panic among the workers. "People of Kerala look at migrant workers as their brothers". The rumours were spread mainly among the migrant workers from Assam, West Bengal and Odisha.
Panic-stricken migrant labourers are reportedly fleeing the state en masse in the wake of Hindi voice clips - accompanied by gory visuals of incidents of violence from other states - being circulated widely on social media, including WhatsApp, falsely claiming that widespread violent attacks were on against migrant workers in the state.
According to reports in the media on Tuesday, hotels and restaurants in Kozhikode, Ernakulam, and Kollam have downed shutters for want of employees following mass exodus of migrant labourers from these districts.
Kerala has a migrant population of 2.5 million.