Ramakanta Biswas

Bolangir: The tall claims of Odisha government on enforcement of strict laws to curb trafficking of migrant labourers stand belied as the illegal activity continues unabated in Bolangir district.

Thursday morning, as many as 32 migrant labourers including nine men, nine women and 14 minors were rescued by police from Tureikela railway station while they were being trafficked to other states.

All the rescued labourers hail from Belpada block in the district.

According to reports, some trafficking agents were planning to take the labourers by train when police upon being tipped off carried out a raid and rescued the labourers. They were subsequently taken to Tureikela police station for questioning.

While further investigation is underway to trace the persons behind trafficking of the labouers, police said an inquiry will be done to find out where they were being trafficked and whether the labourers are registered or no.

Frequent trafficking of labourers has raised serious questions on the district administration. A day earlier, 16 migrant labourers were rescued from Kantabanji railway station in the district.