BALLARI: Officials, led by the District Child Protection Unit, rescued 11 children, including 10 girls, while they were being transported in a tempo to work as agriculture labourers at Devalapura village of Hosapete taluk on Tuesday.
Acting on a tip-off, the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), labour, education and police departments conducted the raid.
An official who was part of the rescue operation, said a few days ago the DCPU had received an anonymous complaint stating that school dropouts are being forced to work as agriculture labourers in the taluk.
Following the complaint, DCPU and other department official chalked out a plan to rescue them. The rescued girls have been sent to the Girls Bal Mandir and the boy to the Boys Bal Mandir in the city.
Another official said the children will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Wednesday to ascertain the reason for them working as agriculture labourers.
The CWC will meet the parents and convince them to send their wards back to school.
It may also provide financial assistance to the children in case it is required, he said.
As it was not sure whether the children are school dropouts, headmasters have also been invited to attend the CWC meeting, he added.