Horrifying pictures of physical assault on laborers in a brick furnace has been come into view from Tiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu, a couple of days ago. The images revealed injured men as well as women who suffered injuries, with blood spilling from their limbs, as a result of the violence they faced by the kiln owner Munuswamy, according to The News Minute.
P Aravindhan, the Superintendent of Police, Tiruvallur district told TNM that the injured laborers had been rescued from the kiln soon after they received those images.
“There were over 300 laborers in the kiln and a majority of them were from Odisha, while others were from Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” the Superintendent of police told TNM.
“The incident happened at 4.30 am on Monday when four of them were beaten up by the owner and his men. They have taken pictures after this and sent it to people they know in their home state. The nodal officer in Chennai was then alerted and we got information about this incident,” he added.
The police rescued the injured laborers and rushed them to the hospital. After that one of the men who was involved in the violence against these laborers was arrested. However, the owner of the kiln has gone absconding.
After investigating, the police found that the laborers had been working in the kiln for around 6 months and that they wanted to return to their hometowns in this COID-19 pandemic. The owner who was against this refused to let them go and insisted they stay until their work was completed. This, the police believe, might have led to an altercation.
“We have now registered them in the government portal and they will be leaving on May 23,” Tiruvallur district SP told TNM.
The police booked the owner of the kiln who took part in the violence under sections 294 (B), 324, 505 (1) and 341 of the Indian penal code for the following:
- Uttering bad words
- Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons
- Causing death or grievous hurt
- Wrongful restrain
The Sub Collector of Tiruvallur also told TNM that it wasn’t a case of bonded labor as per their investigations. He also conveyed that the injured laborers will be sent home if they wanted to leave.
Officials also rescued over 240 workers and housed them in a marriage hall.
“Most of the workers did not have access to proper food. They told me that even if they had to die, they would prefer dying at home,” K Krishnan, a social activist who helped rescue these injured workers told the New Indian Express.
On Wednesday afternoon, they boarded the Shramik special train from Tiruvallur to Rourkela.
A total of 1,464 passengers are on the train. All of them underwent thermal screening. “In the last one week more than 8,000 migrant workers have been sent to Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand on six trains,” said an official.
“People from Chennai, Chengalpattu, and Kancheepuram are being sent to our district as we are making arrangements to send them back by train. We don’t have enough manpower to handle such crowds. Despite this, the district administration is coordinating with nodal officers for other States and making arrangements to send them home,” said an official.