Bhubaneswar: Vedanta Group Chief Anil Agarwal raises concern over Chopping of Labours hands issue in Odisha’s Kalahandi district. Mr. Agarwal Tweeted on “Chopping of Labours hands issue in Kalahandi”.
Mr. Agarwal in his Tweet said that, “It is paradox that Kalahadi, a Bauxite/mineral rich and labour intensive district in India, witnessed inhuman act of chopping hands of labours.”
It should be noted that the hands of two migrant bonded labourers were chopped off in the Kalahandi district just because they refused to work. The labourers, Dialu Nial is just 19 years and Nilambar Majhi is 35 years old.
On 15 October a labour contractor Parame and five of his associates after keeping Dialu and Nilambar captive for a week in a house, took them to a nearby jungle in Kalahnadi district and chopped off their right hands one by one. They had taken Rs 14,000 each from the contractor but and refused to go to work in a brick kiln in Andhra Pradesh.
While in train to Andhra Pradesh dispute aroused between the contractor and the labourers over the distribution of the paid money and 10 of them got off from the train. Dialu and Nilambar were left back in the train and were taken captive by the labour contractor. The contractor made phone call to Nilambar’s family and demanded Rs two lakh for their release and threatened to kill them if they failed to give the amount. The family pleaded them to release them and told him that they are too poor to pay the amount.
The next day the family lodged a complaint before the local police station, SP, Collector and the district labour officer with a written statement having the mobile numbers of the labour contractor. Two days later their hands were chopped off.