As many as 51 bonded labourers belonging to nine families of Uttar Pradesh were rescued from brick kilns by NGO - Volunteers for Social Justice - at Mao Sahib village near Phillaur on Saturday evening.
Yogender Parshad, legal advisor of the NGO, lodged a complaint with Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on March, one who instructed Phillaur Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) to act rapidly.
These labourers said they had come from Uttar Pradesh and were working in brick kilns for the last five months but were "not being given their daily wages" and other basic amenities. They alleged that they were denied their wages and paid only meager sums for sustenance. Moreover, they were made to work in dismal conditions with no access to drinking water, proper housing and toilets.
Jalandhar DC Varinder Kumar Sharma has ordered an inquiry into the matter to the Phillaur SDM and had asked him to submit his report within a week. The release orders of labourers are being prepared. Stringent action in accordance with law will be taken against the guilty brick kiln owner Avtar Singh, Tehsildar Joginder Lal said. All the rescued laborers were sent to their native village in Uttar Pardesh, said Naib Tehsildar who along with Labour Inspector, Patwari and Kanongo raided the brick kiln.
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