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Around 200 children freed from Telangana brick kiln in one of biggest rescues

Around 200 children freed from Telangana brick kiln in one of biggest rescues

Telangana
Police rescued nearly 200 children, most of them under the age of 14, who had been found working in a brick kiln in Telangana in one of the biggest operations in the region, officials said on Wednesday. The children were rescued from a brick kiln in Yadadiri district, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from state capital Hyderabad, as part of “Operation Smile”, a national campaign to tackle child labour and missing children. The rescued children had moved from Odisha and were living and working with adults presumed to be their parents in the brick kiln, police said. “We are not sure if the parents are genuine and there is a possibility that some of the children were trafficked,” Mahesh Bhagwat, a police commissioner, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “The rescue teams spotted girl