Rights body seeks report on torture of 2 Odisha labourers
Taking serious note of the torture of two labourers by a contractor in Odisha, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a detailed report from the state government on the issue.india Updated: Dec 19, 2013 18:57 IST
Taking serious note of the torture of two labourers by a contractor in Odisha, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a detailed report from the state government on the issue.
A contractor and his accomplices on December 15 chopped off the right hands of two migrant labourers. The NHRC on Wednesday enquired about the steps taken against the accused, and medical facilities provided to the sufferers and the plans for their rehabilitation.
"If this report is true, it appears that a most brutal and savage crime was committed. …The victims are from among the most vulnerable strata... and will need immediate and continuing support from the Odisha government," the NHRC said in its proceedings in New Delhi.
The rights body also asked the state government to probe if the contractor had the required licenses and permissions.
The police have so far arrested five people, including the contractor, in connection with the case.
Jialu Nial and Nilambar Dhangdamajhi were subjected to the brutal treatment after refusing to work at a brick kiln in Chhattisgarh. Altogether 12 residents of Kalahandi district were paid Rs 14,000 each by the contractor to work in Andhra Pradesh.
All of them opposed the change of destination. Ten members of the group managed to escape on December 9. Nial and Dhangdamajhi were captured. Their right hands were chopped off and they were dumped on a road.
The duo reached a government hospital about 500km from state capital Bhubaneswar on Sunday night.
Thousands of poor labourers migrate from Odisha in search of jobs every year, falling prey to traffickers who force them to work at brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.