Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TORTURED B’NGIR WORKER GOES MISSING AT AP KILN29 January 2014 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

TORTURED B’NGIR WORKER GOES MISSING AT AP KILN
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Even as the Government is making tall claims of providing job works at door steps to the poor people through various job schemes like MGNREGS, yet there is no end to distress migration from the poverty-struck district here and the migrant workers facing torture at the hands of their employers.
According to reports, Maniram Parabhue along with family members including his wife Mithila Parabhue and three children of Badtukula village under Tureikela police station had moved to Andhra Pradesh after Nabanna last year (September) to work in brick kilns. They reached Kapalapalli village through broker Arjun Behera of Kantabanji.
After working for a few days, Maniraam fell sick. So, he began to work less. This enraged his employer, who assaulted him and left him injured. When Maniram sought treatment, he was assaulted again.
Similar was the fate of many fellow workers.
However, one Jalandhar Parabhue managed to inform about their plight to the labour officials in Balangir. With the help of the local administration of AP, about five were rescued by the Balangir administration and the labour officials. But Maniraam was still to be rescued as he went missing.
“My husband Maniraam is missing till today. I suspect he has been killed there and appeal to the district administration to look into the matter,” said a sobbing Mithila.
Meanwhile, social workers have demanded immediate steps by the district administration to trace out missing Maniraam and appropriate rehabilitation to his family.
Interestingly, district Collector M Muthukumar in his Republic Day address had asserted that the district administration was very serious about checking distress migration from the district. The latest case has thrown a challenge to the district administration.
When contacted, SP Ravi Prakash said, “I’ll look into the incident.”



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