Eight bonded labourers were rescued from a coconut-cum copra processing unit near Kangayam on Friday evening by revenue officials along with members of Vizhuthugal, an NGO, and activists from Bangalore.

Revenue Divisional Officer (Dharapuram) R. Alagumeena told The Hindu that of the eight bonded labourers, seven belong to two families from Krishnagiri and one from Bangalore.

“We have also rescued nine other members of the said two families, including minor children, who were staying with the labourers,” she said.

M. Thangavel, director of Vizhuthugal, told reporters here that the seven members of the two families were brought to the unit by its owners by paying Rs. 1 lakh a family for a term of one-and-a-half years.

“The other man from Bangalore has been offered a pittance of Rs. 10,000 for the said period.

“All of them have been lodged under pathetic condition on the unit premises itself without allowing them to leave anywhere,” the officials added.

Official sources said that action would be initiated against the employers of these people for subjecting them into hard labour.

Necessary arrangements would be made to sent the rescued workers back home.

Surrender before court

Three persons accused in the daylight murder of S. Iniyavan (33), a textile unit employee, a few days ago here, had surrendered before courts in various parts of the state on Friday.

According to police sources here, Ashok Kumar and Balaji surrendered before a judicial magistrate court at Namakkal district.

Balaji, the third accused, surrendered at a court in Virudhunagar district.

Iniyavan was murdered on the banks of Aandipalayam irrigation tank adjacent to a boathouse.

A sword, chilli powder, and few liquor bottles were found in the area.

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