Hyderabad: In a massive rescue operation as a part of Muskaan operation, the Balapur police along with labour and revenue officials rescued 54 boys from child labour from different homes in the Shaheennagar slum area under Balapur police station limits.
They were reportedly made to work in bangle factories in the surrounding areas.
According to the police, all the boys were below 14 and were brought from Bihar to work in the bangle factories. The accused were said to be paying the children according to their age. A child below 10 years of age was paid Rs 1,500 a month, Rs 2,000 for a child in the 10-12 age group and Rs 2,500 for those who were 12 to 14 years of age.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Mr V. Saidulu, Balapur, said, “Based on specific information, we raided six houses and rescued 54 children under the age of 14 and sent them to the juvenile home in Saidabad.” The operation was supervised by LB Nagar deputy commissioner of police Sunpreet Singh.
The Balapur police has booked a cases on Aslam, Feroz Alam, Anwarul, Munawar and Intiyaz from whose houses the children were rescued respectively.
Police said 10 children were found in the house of Aslam, 11 were accommodated in Feroz Alam’s house. Eight children were recovered from the house of Anwarul.
Ten children were found in the house of Munawar and 15 at Intiyaz’s house, according to the police.
A labour department official from Dilsukh-nagar, who was part of Operation Muskan, said, “We along with police raided six houses in Shaheennagar. In five houses we found children who were confined in the houses. All the children were boys who were brought from Bihar. Though they used to provide them with food, the children were made to live in congested rooms and in an unhygienic area.”