22 child labourers rescued, two agents held in Bihar

DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 30:  Indian labourers work at a construction project in front of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on January 30, 2010 in New Delhi, India. The Commonwealth Games are due to be held in the Indian capital from October 3-14, 2010, but concerns remain over construction of its sporting and transport infrastructure. The sheer scale of the project has drawn an enormous population of migrant workers from all over India. This week the High Court of Delhi has sought a response from the Government over the alleged failure to provide all the benefits of labour laws to workers involved in construction work for the coming Commonwealth Games. Workers are being paid below the minimum wage in order to complete these projects whilst also being forced to live and work under sub standard conditions. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

At least 22 child labourers were rescued and two agents arrested on Thursday at Sasaram railway station in Bihar by the Government Railway Police (GRP), officials said.

“Two agents were also arrested and later interrogated to know more about trafficking racket,” a GRP official said.

The GRP team rescued the child labourers while they were being brought from Bijnour in Uttar Pradesh, where they were engaged in a farmer’s dairy farm. The agents were ready to send them to a place outside Bihar.

The GRP officials said some child labourers informed them about being paid Rs.1,000 per month for 12 to 14 hours of hard work.

All the rescued child labourers are residents of Chatra district in Jharkhand.