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78 migrant labourers ‘rescued’ in BalangirFriday, 16 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
78 migrant labourers ‘rescued’ in Balangir
Friday, 16 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Police on Thursday claimed that they rescued as many as 78 migrant labourers from the Loisingha railway station in Balangir district when they were going to Atabira area in Bargarh district for labour work. The police also detained a labour contractor, Lalit Karmee of Attabira, for allegedly taking the labourers to the worksite.
According to reports, the labourers were being taken from Kandajuri and Buromunda area of Loisingha block in Balangir district and Dunguripali block of Sonepur district. Balangir District Labour Officer MM Paikray and Loisingha police team reached the spot and verified papers of the labourers. After verification, the labourers were told to migrate only after registering themselves in their respective panchyat offices through valid license holders. Later, the labourers were left in their respective villages, informed an official.
Sources said the labourers were not going outside the State, so the police or the Labour officer could not call the labourers as Inter-State migrant labourers. Notably, 384 migrant labourers had earlier been rescued in three instances in Balangir district in December last. At least 307 migrant labourers were rescued from a garden in Kudebhatta village under Belapada block, of whom 103 were men, 118 women and 86 children.
In another incident, at least 51 migrant labourers were rescued from Onrabad Chhak in the sub-divisional town of Patnagarh in the district. The rescued labourers from Paikamal in Bargarh district included 13 women and 12 children. Besides, district administration officials had rescued 26 migrant labourers from Lunahandi village under Belpara block in the district.