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Enslaved In Arab Odisha Labourers Cry For Help

Berhampur:18/8/18: At least 14 skilled labourers from Odisha’s Ganjam district are reportedly enslaved in Saudi Arab undergoing harrowing ordeal.

Physically tortured and held captive by their employers, the workers are stuck in the alien country crying for freedom.

The tale of torture of skilled labourers who are from villages of Khalikote tehsil has come to light with the stranded labourers uploading a video message narrating their plight.

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In a bid to seek greener pastures, the skilled labourers had made their way to the oil-rich country through a local labour contractor. However after landing at kingdom nation, they found that they have been taken for a ride. As against hefty wage package assured to them, they were grossly underpaid. Show of protest was silence with use of force. They were allegedly on the verge of starvation as the employers are not providing two square meals a day, the victims alleged in a video message.

The migrant workers who are stranded in Aran are Sunil Pradhan, Satya Narayan Bagada, Pravat Kumar Barik, Tunguru Pahana, Jitendra Parida, Santosh Mallick, Sushant Kumar Pandi, Bhikari Pradhan, Basant Prusty, Banamali Jena, Shushant Pahan, Psanant Nahaka, Arun Gouda and Prakash Pradhan.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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