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26 MIGRANT LABOURERS RESCUED IN BALANGIR Sunday, 28 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
26 MIGRANT LABOURERS RESCUED IN BALANGIR
Sunday, 28 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Police and district administration officials rescued 26 migrant labourers from Lunahandi village under Belpara block in Balangir district in the early morning hours on Saturday. Police arrested the labour sardar and seized a pickup van used for transporting the labourers.
The migrant labourers hailing from Dumer village under the Patnagarh police limits in Balangir district includes men, women and children. They were being taken outside the State to work in brick kilns.“We have no work here and were going to earn our bread working as labourers in brick kilns outside the State. The sardar had promised us good earnings. What can we do, there is no work here? We have to feed ourselves as well as our families,” said a labourer.
“There is no work here in Odisha. The sardar promised to give us work and good earnings outside the State so we were accompanying him there,” said another labourer.“These days middlemen are adopting new strategies. They are using Government buses as no one would suspect. We have rescued 26 people and arrested the sardar and seized the pickup van used to carry these people. We are making arrangements to shift these people to their villages,” said a police officer.
Notably, district administration officials had rescued 307 migrant labourers from a garden in Kudebhatta village under the same Belapada block three days back. Those rescued then included 103 men, 118 women and 86 children.