Berhampur, March 7 (LocalWire): Eleven brick kiln labourers who had run away after non-payment of wages but were apprehended on the way by the kiln owner, were rescued by the District Labour Officer, Phulbani, on Wednesday.
The authorities helped them to safely reach their village at Dungurupalli in Bolangir district today.
The labourers, including five women, were working in a brick kiln at Hatigada, near Bhanjanagara in Ganjam district. They were assured Rs 1000 for making 1000 bricks.
Even though each one of them had made 20,000 to 25,000 bricks since December 2018, the owner had paid them only Rs 5000 and abused them when they asked for their dues, DLO Phulbani Ranjan Behera said.
He said the labourers escaped from the brick-kiln but the kiln owner detained the bus on which they were travelling at Kalinga and reportedly tried to force them back to work. Other passengers on the bus intervened and thwarted him from doing so.
They complained to the police after reaching Phulbani. Police then referred the labourers to the DLO, Phulbani.
‘We recorded their statement and arranged for their safe journey back to the village. I have also spoken to the DLOs of Bhanjanagara and Bolangir and will discuss the legal action to be taken against the kiln owner after investigating the complaints lodged by the labourers regarding their payment,’ Mr Behera said.