Migrant labour from Balangir goes missing

Published: 12th August 2013 11:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2013 11:25 AM   |  A+A-


A physically challenged labourer, Ugrasen Bhue (17) of Chitikeljor village under Belpara block, who had migrated to Chennai to work in brick kiln, has not returned even after his contract period is over. After waiting for two months, his only sister Purnami Bhue (20)  has filed an FIR at Belpara police station.

According to sources, Ugrasen had migrated to work in the brick kiln of Radha Seth near Chennai of Tamil Nadu in November last year. Middleman Rabi Bariha of Dumerbahal village and Gobardhan Bariha of Beheramunda village under Belpara police limits had sent Ugrasen to Chennai after paying him an advance amount of ` 4,000. Though Ugrasen’s contract period ended in May, he has not returned home yet. When Purnami asked the middlemen about her brother, they did not tell anything.

As orphans, Purnami and Ugrasen have led a very difficult life. Now, after being left alone, Purnami feels helpless.

Talking to mediapersons, Purnami said the middlemen sent her brother promising him a lot of allurements. “I have informed Belpara police but nobody is helping me,” said Purnami.

Belpara IIC Nishakara Prusty said he had no idea about the case. The girl should approach the labour officials. “Still, I will look into the case and take necessary steps,” he added.

Balangir District Labour Officer Madan Mohan Paika said he would conduct an inquiry into the matter and initiate action to know the whereabouts of Ugrasen.

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