The district task force team has rescued 32 child labourers in a 10-hour operation at a steel factory in Wazirpur Industrial area. The district task force team which conducted the raid comprised local SDM labour department officials, NGO workers and a team from Ashok Vihar police station, Indian Express reported. The owner, however, could not be nabbed since he is absconding since the raid. The factory reportedly employed child labourers aged between 13-17 years who had been working in the factory since past three months.
Police is in search for the owner of the steel factory who has not been traced yet. Children who have been rescued from the factory belong to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. They have been put up at the Phulwari Children’s Home for Boys at Alipur after being rescued.
Days before the raid, SDM Saraswati Vihar, Dr Vivek Kumar said that he had conducted a recce of the factory after which he coordinated with the police and the task force was constituted. Two workers from NGO Prayas and two labour inspectors also took part in the raid, he added. When the children were rescued, their bodies were covered in soot, said Naved, a rescue worker from Prayas. The labour department officials claimed that the children were underpaid and overworked. Satvir Singh, a labour inspector, who took part in the raid said, ” “Once we trace the owner of the factory, we will make sure that the basic wages are recovered from him.”