The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report citing the rescue of these bonded labourers from Sinhar village in the state. The labourers, all from Bihar, were found in the brick kiln on December 2.

The kiln owner did not pay the minimum wages to them, it was found during a raid by labour department officials, a communique from the NHRC said on Friday. It quoted Additional Labour Commissioner Pankaj Singh Rana as saying that the number of labourers could be more.

The NHRC has sought a response from the state government within a fortnight, detailing the number of labourers rescued and the monetary relief and rehabilitation provided to them.

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