58 bonded labourers rescued, 1 middleman detained in Odisha

KalingaTV News Network

Balangir: Odisha police on Wednesday rescued as many as 58 bonded labourers and detained one middleman near Ghunes village under Turekela police limits in the district.

Acting on a tip-off, Turekela police waylaid a truck in which the labourers were on their way to Turekela railway station from Ghunes village. They were slated to go to Andhra Pradesh.

Some of the rescued bonded labourers are said to be from Turekela area while some others are from Nuapada district.

Police are interrogating the middleman to extract more information over the incident and if he has hand in any such racket. However, the rescued workers alleged that they were on their way to the neighbouring state as they do not get work regularly in their locality to earn their livelihood.

“We wanted to go outside the state as we do not get work regularly here. Unless, we work how will we feed our children?” said a rescued woman labourer.

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