Special Correspondent

Chief Minister seeks Andamans Lt. Governor's help

PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sought the good offices of the Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in rescuing about 300 Bihari labourers kept as bonded labourers in the work sectors there.

Mr. Kumar said that the DGP Ashish Ranjan Sinha had been lucky enough to establish contact with one of the bonded labourers there and that a team of officials would be sent to rescue them.

Figure put at 300

He said that the figure of the Bihari labourers, who had been illegally transported from Goa recently was not specifically known but some put the figure at about 300.

He said that the Lt. Governor had assured to do his best in getting these labourers rescued and sent back to Bihar at the earliest.

Legal action

Mr. Kumar said that officials would initiate legal action against contractors, who had lured these labourers to Goa on the pretext of providing them with jobs and then covertly bundled them away to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. According to reports not less than 72 persons had been taken to Goa from Begusarai district alone and were not being permitted to return to their home State.