According to D N Patel, joint commissioner of police for Surat, around 50 workers were arrested and have been charged with unlawful assembly and rioting. He added that the police are currently identifying more people who were involved in the violence. Several violent protests by residents and migrant workers happened in Gujarat since the implementation of nationwide lockdown that started on March 25. It has been extended twice until May 17.
Previously, 1,000 migrant workers protested in the village of Vareli, on the outskirts on Surat. However, the situation at Vareli was under control Patel after a large number of police reinforcements were sent to that area.