In an ironic revelation,labour officers and union members were raiding ginning factories at Kadi,Mehsana district for suspected use of child labour,on the same day a charkha machine chopped off a tribal boys right arm in a factory located there.
Two days later,the union wrote a complaint to the Labour Commissioner who sanctioned the February 13 raid,calling it casual and incomplete and narrating what happened.
By then,none from the team knew a machine had chopped off Anil Bhagoras right arm. Amrit Bodat,one of two union members who were part of official raid,found Anil on a hospital bed in Kalol,Gandhinagar district,six days later with a patch of bandage covering the portion where the trunk of his right arm used to be.
Mehsanas factory inspector Natubhai Patel has since asked for Anils birth records. While the doctor treating Anil marked his age as 15,the skeptical factory inspector said he will conduct an age-determination test if the birth records cannot be located.
The raid on five ginning factories threw up no cases of child labour,and the union Mazoor Adhikar Manch explained the reason in a letter addressed to the Labour Commissioner K N Bhatt two days later.
The team mostly went and met the owner who was asked about children being employed and then a visit inside was arranged, the union said adding they were not allowed to videograph any of the sites.
However,Bhatt,could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.