MULTAN - A special team of Jahanian Police recovered and freed 17 labourers including women and children from a brick kiln in Jahanian. The recovered workers included Kaniz Mai, Ghulam Rasool, Nagina Mai, Maqsood Mai, Rani bibi, Rabia Mai, Nadia Mai, Babur, Zohaib, Sajjad, Yousuf, Khalid, Yaseem, Waseem, Salman, Sonia and Pathani.According to details, one of the detainees namely Kaniz Mai escaped from the brick kiln and approached Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC). The SPARC filed a habeas petition through Advocate Noureen Malik in High Court and the honourable court directed the Jahanian Police SHO to recover the detainees."We were forced to work at the brick kiln at the rate of Rs370 per 1,000 bricks instead of Rs517, the minimum rate fixed by the government. We were doing this bonded labour for the last four years," Kaniz Mai told the SPARC's coordinator Hyacienth Peter. She alleged that little children were forced to work while they were also deprived of all benefits like social security card, education and healthcare. She alleged that the kiln owner was going to sell them out to another brick kiln. Talking to the journalists, Hyacienth Peter and Ms. Saman demanded the government to take immediate steps to abolish bonded labour at brick kilns. They further asked the government to release Rs67 million funds allocated for the elimination of bonded labour.35 health officials found absent: Assistant Commissioner Ali Akbar Bhindar paid surprise visit to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Basic Health Unit Tatlay Aali and Basic Health Unit Marri Bhindran here the other day. During the visit, he found absent 35 officials including doctors, pharmacists, dental surgeon, nurses, dispensers and others at all three healthcare outlets from their duty. He warned that strict action would be taken against all absent staff. He also ordered to the health official to ensure provision of best facilities to the patients. He also inspected cleanliness arrangements at the THQ and BHUs to prevent dengue virus. 4,483 vehicles challaned: The District Traffic Police challaned 4,483 violators of traffic laws and collected Rs16,56,200 as fine during August, DTP In-charge Ghulam Meeran said here on Tuesday. He said that the police had also cancelled the route permits of 11 transport vehicles and suspended licenses of 15 drivers during the last month.