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3 children rescued from factory running without fire safety norm

New Delhi: The fire tragedy in Surat coaching institute engulfs lives of more than 20 children. In the wake of the incident, safety audits of coaching centres started in the city but the child labourers are still working in a dangerous condition. In a recent case, three kids were rescued from a plastic unit in Okhla area.

The rescuers said that there were no fire safety measures in the factory.

"The factory was running inside the basement, combustible materials, chemicals were lying all over the place. At the exit route plastics were kept. If the fire would have taken place, the children's lives would be at risk," said Roop Sudesh Vimal, an official from Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR). Apart from three children, two other kids were rescued from different sites (mic unit and construction area). The child rights body has conducted rescue operation in the industrial area of South East Delhi's Okhla. "We have got information regarding child labourers after which we conducted a raid," added the official.

The rescuer further added that one of the kid told him that he was working from last 10 days in the unit.

"All the children were minor and had to work for 12 hours under the hazardous condition. All the kids may be the natives of Uttar Pradesh," said official. Inside the basement, there was no security for these kids.

According to Roop Sudesh Vimal, he will write to the concerned high-level authority and Delhi Fire Services to conduct inspection in the units, running in the industrial area of Okhla.

In February children were rescued from a packaging unit in South East Delhi's Okhla area. They were also found working in hazardous circumstances. The child rights body had also sought a report from the chairpersons of Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) regarding the rigorous punishment for the employers involved in child labour.

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