Bhubaneswar/ Balangir, Mar 12: As many as 30 migrant labourers, who were held captive at a brick kiln in Telangana without proper food and wages, have been rescued.
The Seva Charitable Trust rescued the migrants after leading news portal prameyanews.com carried a story of the plight of the migrant Odias.
Chief Advisor of the trust, Johnson Nag along with one of his associates Adikand Sahoo reached Godavarikhani in Peddapalli district of Telangana Petapala, contacted the local administration and informed them about the plights of the migrant workers.
“ I reached the spot to rescue the migrant workers after I came across the news piece. Earlier, we had instances of the migrant labourers being tortured by the owners after the news about their plights go viral. So, to save them from being tortured, I myself reached the spot and help them to come back to their native palaces,” said Nag.
Worth mentioning, the migrants had 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.
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.
(Report: Sabyasachi Kundu with Input from Chinmay Mishra, Balangir Correspondent)