14 bonded labourers including 2 children rescued from Balangir, Sardar flees

Balangir: The Odisha police on late Thursday night rescued as many as 14 bonded labourers, including two children, when they were about to be transported to Tripura from Kantabanji Railway Station.

Reportedly, there were four were men and eight women apart from two children among the bonded labourers who were rescued from the railway station via Link Express train at 11 pm last night.

Based on reliable information, during night patrolling the Kantabanji police caught hold of them while they were moving towards the railway station.

As per the rules of the Department of Labour, registration is mandatory for bonded labourers. However, the rescued people could not provide such documents and as a result, it was proved that they were being transported illegally. All of them have been detained at the police station for further investigation.

Meanwhile, the Sardar of these bonded labourers have fled and is yet to be ascertained.

From the preliminary investigation, it has been learnt that the bonded labourers belong to B.Bichilibahal and Jogimunda villages under Lathor police limits and Patnagarh police limits area respectively.

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