Koraput: The police along with district administration officials rescued 26 migrant labourers of Koraput district, who were held captive in Tamil Nadu.
According to reports, a police team led by SDPO Sagarika Nath along with officials from Koraput Labour department rescued the stranded labourers from Chennai.
Of the rescued labourers, 12 are reportedly minors. The rest 14 labourers have been enlisted as construction labourers.
Police said, a middleman allegedly lured these labourers from Kundra block of Koraput district on the pretext of engaging them in work in Chennai at a minimum wage of Rs 700 per day.
Struck by poverty and lack of working exposure in their area, the labourers left for Tamil Nadu. However, to their utter horror, they came to know that the middleman sold them off to a contractor.
The owner then started torturing them through various means and barred all of them from talking to the families in Odisha. He did not even allow them to leave and kept on harassing, the police added.
After the matter came to the fore, the district administration and police swung into action and rescued the captive labourers. Meanwhile, the accused middleman has been detained by the Labour Department for interrogation.
While a detailed investigation into the matter is underway, the rescued labourers will be sent to their native places today, officials informed.