Jammu, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

Sixty three Chhattisgarh-based 'bonded labourers' were rescued yesterday from a brick kiln in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Sixty three 'bonded labourers' were rescued with the help of an NGO after a complaint was lodged with the district administration," an official here today said.

He said the members of the Delhi-based NGO Bonded Labourers Liberation Front alleged that around 63 'bonded labourers' from Chhattisgarh were forcibly kept in the confinement of a brick kiln owner in Nowshera tehsil of Rajouri.

However with the help of police and NGO members, the labourers were rescued last evening, who later staged protest outside the office of the Sub-District Magistrate seeking action against the brick kiln owner and 'release letter' to be issued by the SDM for claiming the wages.

"The labouers are still on protest outside the office of the SDM Nowshera," he said and added that they were demanding 'release letter' from the SDM office so that they claim wages from the brick kiln owner.

(Posted on 20-05-2014)