New Delhi: The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports on two Odisha labourers whose hands were chopped off by a contractor from Andhra Pradesh in December last year.
The top court issued notices to the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh governments over the incident.
The hands of the two bonded labourers were chopped off in the Kalahandi district apparently because they had refused to work.
Nineteen-year-old Dialu Nial and 35-year-old Nilambar Majhi had allegedly taken Rs 14,000 each from contractor Parame to work at a brick kiln in Andhra Pradesh. However, the contractor tried to forcefully take them to Chhattisgarh, to work at a brick kiln in Raipur.
Nial and Majhi refused to go.
Parame and five of his associates then took Nial and Majhi to a jungle in the Kalahandi district and chopped off their right hands.
The police have launched a manhunt for the accused.
With inputs from PTI