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Anand Khilo , a student of Std.IX in Thuba high School of Nandapur block of Koraput district could not bear the scolding by his father for his low performance in studies and got into the Viasakhapatnam bound Kirandul-Visakhapatnam passenger train at Bheja railway station about 20 days back . After getting down from the train he was amazed to see the huge structure of the railway station there and was continuously watching from top to bottom . Such a curious look by little Anand had attracted the attention of Railway police who took him and handed over to the local police for further facilitation of the child’s return to his home . After staying for a few days in a shelter home in Visakhapatnam he was handed over to Odisha police who took him to Bhubaneswar , said Anand at Koraput after returning from the state capital today .
He was brought back to Koraput along with two more children who were rescued from a work place in Chennai by Odisha police under the national programme “Muskan” , said Rajashree Das , DCPO,Koraput who received the three children at Koraput and transferred them to the Open shelter house of SOVA at Chapar , Koraput before they could be sent back to their home .
Samaru Bhatra of Patlaguda in Kotpad block and Amar Bhatra of Sauniguda in Borigumma block were the two young boys in their teens who were rescued by police from a Borewell digging company at Chennai . While for Samaru Bhatra it was second time that he had been to work in the same company , Amar was lured by a senior in the village to work in the company a few months back.
However except the long hours of work even in the challenging situation of bad weather and darkness , they had no complains on the company . They had got financial gain from the work and would go back possibly after a couple of years when they would be eligible to work officially . Both of them were paid Rs.8000/- per month and hence were able to support their families by sending money from there . Samaru had left school after his fifth and Amar had never been to school as there was no one in the family to work in the field . Working has become a way of life since early childhood , said Amar .
However Samaru has opted to support his father in the field and Amar to get settled in life by getting married in the near future . Both of them had Rs.25,000/- with them as the company had cleared all the dues till their last day of work and had some dreams with that money back at home . Amar plans to build a little house with his money and work in the field at least for another four to five years till he gets married . Family members had already chosen a girl for him and he had to take her consent if they would go out of the region for work or not .
All these children would be produced before Child Welfare Committee(CWC) on Friday before handing over to their parents , Ms.Das said .

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