50 brick kiln workers rescued in Orissa
Two persons were arrested for forcing at least 50 brick kiln labourers to work for low wages under confinement at Birkera near Rourkela, labour department officials said on Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off, the officials along with policemen from Birsa police staion raided the brick kiln and rescued them.
Police is looking for the owner of the brick kiln. The manager and munshi of the factory were arrested yesterday, police said.
According to the officials, the labourers include eight children, old, physically handicapped and blind people of Bargarh district. They were engaged by a middle man for the last several months, officials said.
The labourers said they were confined and forced to work with a wage of Rs 175 for making 1,000 bricks as against Rs 220 assured them earlier, officials said.
They alleged that they had been forced to live in an unhealthy condition with life threat by hired criminals of the brick kiln owner.
The labourers were sent home with payment of assured wages by the administration on Wednesday, sources said.