19 laborers rescued from Bolangir, smuggler arrested

Bolangir: Odisha police on Wednesday rescued at least 19 laborers from Bolangir district who were being brought for smuggling in a brick kiln in Telangana. With this, the number of labor smugglers arrested this month rises to 92.
The alleged fraudster, identified as Rickshaw Muduli, has been arrested in this connection. Acting on a tip-off, the DIG of Police (Northern Range), Himanshu Kumar Lal coordinated with the GRP in Maharashtra to arrest Muduli at Nagpur railway station where he along with the labourers were waiting to board a different train to Telangana.
As per the information, the victims had borrowed a sum of Rs 10,000 each from Muduli ahead of Dusshera and had agreed to accompany him to the worksite after the festival. However, the labourers soon discovered that the particular worksite at Telengana they had signed up for, was notorious for illtreating labourers.
Later, they decided to return the borrowed amount of Rs 10,000 to Muduli but he refused.
On Monday night, few men asked them to gather at one place in Harishanakrpur and later locked them up lest they should escape. Early the next morning, the victims were made to board a train to Nagpur from where they intended to board a different train to Telangana. It was at Nagpur that the raid was conducted, and the victims rescued.
Reportedly, the victims, accompanied by a team of Odisha police today reached Bolangir and lodged a case against the trafficker at Lathor police station of the district.
Those rescued include 9 males, 7 females and 3 children – all hailing from Harishankarpur area in the district.
Earlier on October 13, the state police had arrested 41 and 50 labour traffickers respectively in an extensive crackdown carried out in the districts of Bolangir, Nuapada and Kalahandi.

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