"Kerala is a safe State for all", he said at a press conference held in English, Hindi and Bengali on Tuesday.
The video clip, which was being circulated for the last two days, purportedly showed a man from West Bengal, who was employed in a hotel, being beaten to death by the hotel owner. A video that has gone viral, however, shows the worker being beaten to death.
State police chief Loknath Behera on Tuesday issued a statement giving assurances of safety to migrant workers in the backdrop of fake stories being circulated on social media platforms of widespread attacks on workers from other states.
"There are no confirmed reports of violence or any such unpleasant incidents in Kerala against migrant workers in the recent past".
Laborers from Kozhikode, Kollam, and Ernakulam had fled the state after the campaign triggered panic among them. An estimated three million workers from West Bengal, Bihar and the north-east work in various sectors in Kerala, including in the hospitality sector. Behera pointed out the government has launched various welfare measures such as strict implementation of labour laws, ensuring good accommodation and other amenities, providing education and healthcare to children of migrant labourers and literacy campaign for migrants.
In a police complaint, the Kozhikode city unit of Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA) said certain WhatsApp groups were circulating fake pictures and voice messages to instill fear in the minds of the migrant workers, reports The New Indian Express. "This is meant to create unrest", he said. The scheme would also provide accident and life insurance cover. Over the years, on numerous occasions, the state government has extended a helping hand to families of those who died working here.