The 149 bonded labourers including 34 children from Odisha, who have been liberated from working 22 hours a day in a brick kiln at Ramakrishnapuram hamlet of Penchikalapahad village left on Thursday afternoon by the Visakha Express for Navpada district en route to Gulamgir and Bargarh. Each labourer was handed a relief certificate besides Rs.1,000. Three village revenue officers and two police constables are escorting them.

Bhongir Sub-Collector Divya, who conducted a raid on Tuesday night at the brick kiln to free the bonded labourers, told The Hindu that volunteers of the Jana Jagruti Sansthan, who had lodged a complaint against the kiln, would ensure their safe journey.

She said brothers Gugloth Narasimha and Gugloth Lachiram, the Lambada contractors, who had brought the bonded labourers from Odisha after paying huge amounts, were using the property of P. Srinivas Reddy of Medpally. The district administration is in possession of records to prove the lease. Reddy is being charged with the violation of the SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act. An FIR was booked against him on Thursday.

The Sub-Collector asked the Bhongir Rural SI to produce Reddy before her. As the judicial magistrate entrusted with the implementation of the Bonded Labour Act, she would conduct the trial against him and decide whether or not to issue bail.

  • The labourers were bought by Lambada contractors from Odisha

  • The contractors were using the property of P. Srinivas Reddy of Medpally