BAHAWALNAGAR: Haroonabad police on Sunday rescued six members of a family, including four minor children, from the illegal detention of a landlord.

The family had allegedly been detained as bonded labour for 12 years by landlord Chaudhry Saleem Nawaz Bandesha at his lands at village 185/7R, Khichiwala.

According to police sources, the Bahawalnagar DPO on a tip-off directed the Haroonabad police to raid the landlord’s property and release the detainees. A heavy contingent of police recovered the family and arrested the landlord.

Those rescued include 40-year-old Muhammad Jamil, his wife Sajida and four children. Jamil said the landlord did not allow them free movement and even denied them basic facilities like water and food.

Published in Dawn, September 23rd, 2019