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Villagers appeal for rescue of ten Odisha migrant labourers

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rayagada, June 3:

People of Matikona village in Odisha’s Rayagada district have requested the district administration to rescue 10 migrant labourers of their village who are being allegedly tortured at their workplace in Karnataka.

According to reports, Ramesh Himirika, a broker of Matikona village, had managed to lure 17 villagers including three minors to work in a construction company at Belari in Karnataka in November last year.

Later, he took all of them to one Benudhar Pradhan at Balugan in Khordha district. After staying there for two days, Pradhan later took them to Bellary where the company engaged them in construction work.

After paying their wages regularly for some days, the company allegedly started to torture these migrant labourers.

Unable to bear the torture, seven of them escaped from the place within a month.

After returning to their homes, these labourers narrated their woes before fellow villagers, who  got in touch with a Child Line officer. He in turn  informed the additional Labour commissioner and district Labour officer. But getting no response from these officials, the villagers lodged a complaint with the grievance cell of the district collector on Monday requesting him to rescue the remaining 10 men who were still suffering in Bellary.

When contacted, additional Labour commissioner Kumuda Ranjan Das said the inquiry into the migrant labourers’ complaint is underway.