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Chennai: 61 boys freed from jewellery making unit

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 7, 2019, 2:46 am IST
Updated Sep 7, 2019, 2:46 am IST
All of them are from West Bengal.
Bonded labourers being rescued from a jewellery making unit  on Walltax road in Chennai. (Photo: DC)
 Bonded labourers being rescued from a jewellery making unit on Walltax road in Chennai. (Photo: DC)

Chennai: Acting on a tip-off from International Justice Mission, police rescued 61 boys from five different jewellery making units on Walltax Road, near Central staion.

Seventeen children between the 10-14 years, 35 children between 15 -18 years and eight adults between 19-22 years and one worker aged 26  were rescued by the police in the surprise investigation conducted at the five different locations simultaneously on Friday. All of them are from West Bengal.

 

The children have been taken to Government Children's Home for Boys, Royapuram, where are they currently being enquired by officials from the Child Welfare Committee and labour department. Release certificates will be issued by the RDO once the age of the boys are ascertained, said Santhosh, media relations manager, IJM. “The children were working in hazardous environments. They all carry Aadhaar cards with them. We are yet  to find out if they are real or fake,” said S.Maglina, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Crime Against Women and Children, who initiated the rescue operation along with Assistant Commissioner Rayapan.

 

The owners of the jewellery making units are still absconding and action is yet to be taken.

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