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14 minor children rescued

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The children have been picked up from different villages of Adaba block in Ganjam district


BERHAMPUR: Fourteen minor children including nine girls from Gajapati district were rescued from the Rayagada railway station on Monday.

They were allegedly being illegally transported to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh to serve as menial labourers. This group of children was located in suspicious condition by the activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who had reached the Rayagada station in the morning for their nation-wide bandh call against price hike of petroleum products.

“We preferred to handover these children to the railway police,” said Rayagada district president of the BJP, Kaliram Majhi.

All the children have been collected from different villages of Adaba block in Gajapati district.

The labour agent who was with them is being interrogated.

The Labour department also started its investigation and measures so that the children could return back to their homes.

Labour officer of Rayagada Jeet Kumar Hansda said the Labour department in Gajapati district had been contacted so that through a coordinated effort the children could return back to their homes.

Most of these children were found to be unskilled ones. According to one of them, Masi Raita the labour agents who were taking them to Guntur had promised to get them employed in a spinning mill. It may be noted that last week eight minor girls from Rayagada district had been rescued from the Vijayawada railway station in Andhra Pradesh by some social activists.

All of them were from Kolnara block of Rayagada district. One person was taking them to Bangalore with the lure of providing alluring jobs. Under the supervision of administration and social activists the rescued girls had been sent back to Rayagada, where they were handed over to their parents.

In the past several instances of poor girls being illegally transported from Kandhamal district have also come to the fore.

In April five girls from Daringbadi in Kandhamal district were rescued from Berhampur railway station by railway police while they were being transported outside the State. In January 12 minor girls from the same area in Kandhamal district were rescued in Andhra Pradesh while they were being transported to Tamil Nadu.

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