SP Survives Road Crash, Rescues Bonded Labourers

SP Survives Road Crash, Rescues Bonded Labourers

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 2016-01-18 22:21 Bengaluru: A police officer of SP rank, who was on a mission to rescue bonded labourers had a miraculous escape when the vehicle in which she was travelling met with an accident. But the officer shrugged off the near-death experience, went ahead with her task and rescued the bonded labourers. Superintendent of Police M L Madhura Veena, who is serving as SP in the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (CID), was travelling to Bagalkot district on Sunday evening, to rescue bonded labourers trafficked and forced to work in a sugarcane field in Mudhol Taluk. She had received a tip-off about the trafficking. She was travelling by a Tata Sumo along with Assistant Sub-Inspector Padmanabha and Constable Ganga Revanna to Mudhol, 530 km from Bengaluru, which she hoped to reach by morning. The SP wanted to book the accused including the owner of the sugarcane field and the mediator who trafficked 15 bonded labours from the remote villages in to the field.  Madhura Veena wanted to rescue the victims who included as there was a pregnant woman and six minor children including an eight-month old boy. It was around 11.30 in the night. They were driving towards Mudhol and had reached Lokapura. Suddenly the driver of her vehicle noticed two lorries bearing down, both vehicles travelling parallelly. With admirable presence of mind, Madhura Veena’s driver swerved to the right to avoid the head on collision, and avoided another collision with a slow moving truck in the left. The Sumo turned turtle and was damaged. However, the SP who was wearing the seat belt and driver, who were inside the damaged vehicle survived without any injuries. ASI Anantha Padmanabha and Constable Ganga Revanna sustained minor injuries. Surviving the accident was a miracle, one of the policemen in the vehicle said. Later, the injured were shifted to a hospital nearby and the SP continued her journey towards Petluru village in Mudhol taluk to rescue the bonded labourers. The villagers told bfirst.in that the lady officer, who survived the accident, took it in her stride sportive and raided the sugarcane field, and rescued 15 bonded labouers including five men, four women including one who was pregnant, besides children. However, the owner of the sugarcane field and the mediator, who allegedly had taken huge amount of money for trafficking labourers managed to escape. Later, the rescued people, who were taken to the local Lokapura police station said they were denied food and other basic facilities by the sugarcane field owner who made them work inhuman hours. They thanked the SP Madhura Veena for rescuing them. Bfirst.in tried to contact Madhua Veena, but she could not be reached.