Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Sundargarh police on Friday night rescued nine minor boys from Koida bus stand being sent to other states for bonded labour.

As per reports, all the minors are in the age group of 14-17 years.

While eight of them belonged to the Patamunda Panchayat under Koida bock, one of them hailed from Guali in Keonjhar.

They were reportedly sent to Bhubaneswar, from where they were supposed to move out of the state.

However, the police rescued them from the Koida bus stand while acting on a tip off and handed them over to their families.

It is pertinent to mention here that the child traffickers are active in the region, who send minors to other states for bonded labour regularly.

The Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) of Koida, Minati Mohapatra said, "Making minors work as bonded labourers is illegal and action will be taken against those responsible for this. I am glad that the Police and an NGO came together at this hour in the night and rescued these innocent children."