Koraput, March 14 (LocalWire): Twenty-five laborers, who had gone to Tamil Nadu for work, have been forced to toil without salary for over three months by their employer, after their agent duped them of their six months’ salary and fled, it has emerged.
The laborers, who are yet to return home, are from Sisaguda, Kermiti and Padarkonta villages of Kundura block in Koraput district.
According to one of the victims’ father, the agent had illegally collected their six months’ salary in advance from the employer and fled.
He also alleged that the laborers were forced to work long hours without payment, which has adversely affected their health; and some have even fallen sick.
The incident came to light after the family members lodged a police complaint.
They alleged that Ghanshaym Bhatt of Kosagumuda in Nabarangpur district had lured the workers to Tamil Nadu on the promise of higher wages and better living.
The workers were engaged in a poultry farm at Malapalayam in Tamil Nadu.
“Though it’s almost three months, my son is yet to be paid. The employer says he will start paying only after six months,” said Arjun Durua, father of Komolu, one of the laborers.
The families have also approached the district administration to help rescue their children.
Meanwhile, police have detained the agent for interrogation, and said that necessary action will be taken against him under labor laws.
Jeypore sub divisional police officer Sagarika Nath said: “Steps are already being taken to rescue them, and we hope they will return home soon.”