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Nine child labourers rescued from meat processing units

New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has rescued nine children from the premises of two factories in North West Delhi's Lawrence Road area. The child rights body said that both the factory owners were engaged in hazardous work without any safety. The Delhi Police have registered a case in this regard.

According to child rights body, they received an information regarding the presence of child labourers at Lawrence Road Industrial area. A team was formed under the guidance of NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo. The NCPCR official visited the spot (factories).They found that in the garb of cold storage and ice factory, meat processing units were operating.

NCPCR further stated that during the inspection their officials did not find any ice factory on the premises. The team found that children were involved in meat packaging. It was also revealed that both the factory owners were carrying out illegal activities in the name of cold storage and ice factory. "Many workers had bruises and cuts. They were not trained and also no safety gears were provided to them, "said NCPCR official adding that the meat was also exposed to filthy contamination.

NCPCR further said that a total of nine children which include seven girls were rescued from both premises.They were produced before CWC. The police officials were directed to take appropriate action as per law.Each children were reportedly aged between 15-17 years.

The child rights body has told the police to take strict action against the employers and register FIR against them. The commission had also sought the report from city police regarding till May 20. The team of Sudip Chakraborty, Payal Sharma, Ajish IR and Madhu Sharma from NCPCR made the rescue.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) Vijayanta Arya said that they have registered a case in this regard and further investigation is going on.

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