Child workers being used at plastic recycling plants in city

Child workers being used at plastic recycling plants in city

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 2016-02-01 20:03 Bengaluru: A CID raid on plastic recycling units in the city on Saturday found that the units had been using children as bonded labourers for the hazardous work.The CID (Human Trafficking), Bengaluru, on Saturday raided three different plastic recycling units in Chandra Layout. During the raid, officials found that SLM Polymers, located in Ajith Sait Industrial Estate, had been employing child workers. Four children hailing from Bihar were rescued during the raid. The owner of the firm Javed is reportedly absconding.Another raid was conducted at MM Polymers, Nayandahalli, and four child labourers, also hailing from Bihar, were rescued. The accused Ramesh is said to be absconding.Police officials said that the rescued children were used for lifting plastic waste from garbage bins. The children were not provided proper and nutritious food since six months and no safety equipment was provided to deal with the waste, said the officials.ML Madhura Veena, the SP, CID of Anti Human Trafficking section and her team have conducted the raid and resuced the children.Speaking to Bfirst.in, CS Anand, Inspector, Chandra Layout Police Station, said, “We conducted a raid along with the CID (Human Trafficking). They were bonded labourers. We are gathering further information but the owners are absconding.”The police have booked the accused under Bonded Labor Act 16 and 17 and Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 342 and 370.