Bhubaneswar: As many as 79 migrant labourers including 21 minor and four pregnant women belonging to Odisha, who were allegedly tortured in a brick kiln in Sangareddy district of Telangana, were rescued and sent to their hometowns on Friday.
The labourers, who were rescued with the help of a social activist, belong to Nuapada and Bolangir districts, said reports.
The social activist, Ranjeeta Priyadarshini of Bargarh district received the information over phone by some labourers engaged in the brick kiln. They told that some of their co-workers are suffering from high fever and cold and despite admitting them in a hospital, the owner was torturing and forcing them to work in the brick kiln at Annaram village under Gummadidala police limits in Sangareddy district.
Ranjeeta, who is also a practising lawyer of Orissa High Court, informed the matter to the Chief Ministers of Odisha and Telangana, and also the district collectors of Sangareddy, Nuapada and Bolangir through mails.
“I received a call from the migrants workers who narrated their ordeal to me. They told me that they were assaulted and forced to work in inhumane condition. Later, I immediately wrote e-mails to the CMs of Odisha and Telanagana and forwarded the copies to the district Collectors of Sangareddy, Nuapada and Bolangir. I am happy I could help them,” said Ranjeeta.
The concerned administration and Sangareddy Police then swung into action and rescued the 79 migrants from the brick kiln. They were later send to Odisha in buses.
(Edited By Pradeep Singh)