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Eight workers rescued from brick factory

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Bangalore: In a joint operation by the police and labour departments early on Friday, eight workers subjected to human rights and labour abuse were rescued from a cement brick factory at Halanayakanahalli in Varthur hobli within the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits.

According to statements made by the workers to the Police and the Labour department officials after the raid, the owners of the factory beat them up severely and confined them to a room for a day when they said they wanted to return to their home in Chittapur taluk in Gulbarga district and asked that their salary dues be settled.

Speaking to The Hindu, Hareesh (16), one of the rescued labourers, said that the owner had initially agreed to settle the dues, but when they approached him on Sunday, he and his sons beat them with sticks and iron rods and locked them up. The next day, three of them managed to escape and intimate their family in Gulbarga.

The family, in turn, sought the help of the ‘Dalit, Backward and Minorities Sangha’. Nazim Khan of the sangha came to Bangalore from Gulbarga and took up the case with the Labour and Police departments.

Complaint

Mr. Khan said a complaint had been lodged with the Police and Labour departments.

“Poor people should not be abused like this in a big city like Bangalore. We want to go back to our hometown even if life there is difficult,” said Harish, whose left hand is fractured. All the workers are landless agricultural labourers. One of the workers is an eight-year-old child, said Mr. Khan.

This is the third horrific case of human rights and labour violation reported from brick factory in the vicinity of Bangalore in the last one year.

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