Lifer To 8 Accused For Chopping Off Hands Of Migrant Labourers

**Kalahandi:** In an judicious judgment, Additional District Sessions Judge Court awarded lifer to the 8 accused for chopping off the hands of 2 migrant workers on 15 December, 2013 in Bolangir district.

Notably, the right hands of two migrant labourers named Dialu Nial (30), an SC, and Nilambar Dhangda Majhi (28), who belonged to Kalahandi district of Odisha, were chopped off by a labour contractor and his accomplices.

Police said the accused contractor had then paid an advance of Rs 14,000 each to 12 labourers, including five women, from different villages in Kalahandi district to work in a brick kiln in Andhra Pradesh.

However, the contractor instead forcibly tried to take them to Raipur in Chhattisgarh to engage them in another brick kiln. The labourers resisted and all of them, except Niali and Dhangdamajhi, managed to escape when the group had halted at Sinapali in neighbouring Nuapada district on December 9.

The contractor and his accomplices had allegedly held the duo captive at an undisclosed village in Nuapada and tortured them.

They decided to bring the two labourers back to Kalahandi, where they were going to recover the advance amount from all labourers.

But on their way back, they stopped the vehicle in Balangir district to consume liquor. The accused then chopped off the right hands of the two labourers and dumped them on the road.