Report by Nishapati Nayak, Sunabeda : Sunabeda Police in less than a month have rescued 20 migrant labourers, including 7 women and 13men, most of them from jilaguntha village under pottangi p.s of koraput district. Sources said most of the rescued labourers were from drought-prone pockets of Western Odisha and had such things in common – poverty, illiteracy and ignorance. And they were not migrating for money, but just to arrange two square meals to sustain themselves and their families. While migration and drought are synonymous to the region, for the first time, police seem to have acted and rescued them.
The first incident of migration came to light on October when pottangi police received a FIR copy by family members to rescue 20 persons of jilaguntha village then, a case was filed under pottangi police station to rescue this migrant labours from their family members .Later by the direction of koraput superintendent of police Dr. K.V.Singh(IPS) and supervision of sunabeda SDPO Mr. Niranjan Behera(OPS) and team of officials named mr. karunakar gouda(s.i) and lady constables went to operation .
On the basis of phone calls of migrant labours for help ,police started tracing the number with the help of karnataka police and traced it which is nearer to shimoga rural p.s . finally migrants labourers were traced with difficulties and rescued to koraput district.
While press meet SDPO Niranjan Behera stated that police also arrested labour sardar accused Linga khora (45) and forwarded to jail u/s 374IPC,(25) with case no :128/18. They worked with difficulties for 12 hours duty a day with physical torture,per month they used to pay 3000 bucks but they should pay more as per labour act. Few labourers were send to hospital for health injury and fever . Unlawful compulsory labour.Whoever unlawfully compels any person to labour against the will of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both. At last he thank Karnataka police and his officials who helped them to rescue all.