Following a tip-off from a non-governmental organisation, revenue officials of Bangarpet taluk in Kolar district on Wednesday rescued 23 persons from alleged bonded labour from a brick kiln at Kenchapura.
While the International Justice Association (IJA), a Bangalore-based NGO, claimed the rescued were bonded labourers from Odisha, the Bangarpet tahsildar S.M. Mangala said they were working there by choice.
Among the 23 rescued was a child. The NGO had informed Deputy Commissioner D.S. Vishwanath about the matter a couple of days ago. A team of officials visited MTB brick factory at Kenchapura, owned by Anjappa, and rescued the labourers. They were later sent off to their native places. IJA activist Esther Daniel charged the authorities with not following proper procedures before allowing the rescued workers to return home. “The guidelines stipulated under the Bonded Labour Abolition Act were not followed,” she told The Hindu over phone.