Minors found working in bag-making unit

Jabbar Ul Haq was taken into custody by the Wilson Garden police, after he admitted that he had brought three children from Nepal, to work in a bag-making unit at Shivajinagar.

The incident came to light after an NGO - Justice and Care - got to know about underage children (below 18 years) being employed at the bag-making unit. The NGO complained to the Department of Labour, the Police and the Makkala Sahaya Vani.

The police raided the unit and rescued nine children from Nepal. Three of them were minors. All the children were handed over to the Balamandira.

He appeared before the CWC on Monday, along with the parents of only three children who arrived from Nepal. He admitted that he had brought children to Bangalore regularly to work in the unit and even trained their parents to answer questions posed by the CWC.

CWC member Vijaykumar said the children were given food at the unit, but no wages. “There are indications that they were working for eight to 10 hours a day,” he said. An FIR has been filed by the Department of Labour against the employer of the bag-making unit. The CWC will conduct another hearing to work out modalities to reunite the children with their parents. “The reunion is important for us. If the parents of all the children cannot come over here, then we will make arrangements to send them to their native places,” Vijaykumar said.

Usurer arrested

The CCB sleuths have arrested a money lender and recovered more than 20 documents, a four-wheeler, a cellphone and Rs 75,100.

Srinivas Naidu (50), a resident of ninth cross, Malleswaram, had lent money to rickshaw drivers, petty businessmen and others at exorbitant rate of interest. He had not taken permission from any government agency to carry out the business. He was transacting business worth nearly Rs 50 lakh.

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