A case was registered by police against a dhaba owner, Y. Murali Reddy, at Chillakur mandal headquarters in Nellore district on charges of ‘illegal confinement’ and ‘murder’ of a six-year-old boy, who worked as child labour at the eatery. The owner was stated to be absconding to evade arrest.
Police said the boy was a resident of Chillakur. He was forced to work at the dhaba for the past three months as his father, T. Subba Rao, had taken a loan bearing a high rate of interest from the dhaba owner.
The boy was made to wash plates and tables and clean the floor.