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Odisha migrant workers stranded in Telangana seek help

6/03/2021 at 3:38 PM

Balangir, Mar 6: In a fresh instance of torture of migrant labourers, a group of over 30 workers from Patnagarh, Khaprakhol  and Belpahar areas of Balangir district have allegedly been confined at a brick kiln in Telangana state without proper food and wages.

The incident came to fore after the migrants released a video narrating their misery at the brick kiln. In the video clip, the workers stated that they, including women and minors, had come to work at the kiln factory six month ago. After working for a month, the kiln owner started to harass them.

They also alleged that the owner is neither giving them proper food nor their wages.

This apart, the owner also restricted them from contacting their family members over phone. Some of them also claimed that they are being physically assaulted and forced to work for more than 12 hours.

The migrants also alleged that the owner of the brick kiln is not providing them with medical facilities when they fall sick.  

According to sources, the brick kiln is located at Godavarikhani in Peddapalli district of Telangana. The labourers were sent to work there through a middleman, identified as Dileswar Behera of Ghagurli of Belpahar.   

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