A team of officials from the Labour Department, District Task Force and voluntary groups rescued five boys from a jeweller’s shop near Dhamawala. Four of the boys were aged 14 years while one was 15 years old. The rescue was conducted after a complaint was filed in Childline Helpline.
As per officials, five boys are identified as natives of West Bengal. They were sent by their families to work here and had reached the city 15 days ago. The boys were living with native people from their village near Pathribagh. It also came to light that the children were not sent to school but were made to work in the shop from 9 AM to 7 PM. They were being paid Rs 100 per day for their labour.
Labour department inspector Pinki Tamta said, ‘‘Five boys under the age of 16 were rescued by our task force. We have filed an FIR against the owner of the shop. We have handed over the boys to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). If the officials fail to contact the parents of the children they are likely to be sent to Haridwar rescue home by Friday.”