<i>27 including 23 children rescued from brick kiln</i>
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued 27 labourers including 23 children from a brickfield in Bangla Bazar area under Sadar upazila of the district.
They were locked in a small room and forced to toil, Rab sources said.
The Rab men also arrested owner of the brickfield Abdul Shukkur, its manager Shamsul Alam and leader of the workers, Joynal Abedin.
The Rab team raided the brickfield in the morning, after receiving written complaint from the fathers of two of the abducted children, on Wednesday, Abdus Sattar, deputy assistant director of Rab-7 camp in Cox's Bazar said.
Idris, one of the brokers, collected the workers from Gabbur village of Jamalpur and tricked them into working at the brickfield by making false promises of good wages, he added.
Shukkur, the owner said that he paid Idris Tk 20,000 per worker a month ago, on condition that they would work for him for six months.
Lal Miah, 12, and Shakil, 8, two of the rescued workers said that they were forced to toil from dawn to dusk. On top of that they were beaten up regularly and given very little food, they added.
The rescued children are under Rab's custody and would be handed over to their parents later.
Badrul Alam Talukdar, officer-in-charge of Cox's Bazar Police Station said a case has been filed against the three arrestees.