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In pics: Sonu Sood helps 167 migrants fly home to Bhubaneswar from Kochi on AirAsia flight

Updated : 2020-05-29 23:41:47

The men and women were employed at a garment factory and were involved in stitching clothes and doing embroidery work. However, they were stranded after their factory shut due to restrictions imposed under the ongoing lockdown.

Actor Sonu Sood has won over a million hearts for helping 167 migrant workers, including 147 women and 20 men, reach home in Bhubaneswar from Kochi in Kerala after they were left stranded in the southern state, due to the shutdown of the factory they were working for. (Image: AirAsia India)
Actor Sonu Sood has won over a million hearts for helping 167 migrant workers, including 147 women and 20 men, reach home in Bhubaneswar from Kochi in Kerala after they were left stranded in the southern state, due to the shutdown of the factory they were working for. (Image: AirAsia India)
The men and women were employed at a garment factory and were involved in stitching clothes and doing embroidery work. However, they were stranded after their factory shut due to restrictions imposed under the ongoing lockdown. (Image: AirAsia India)
The men and women were employed at a garment factory and were involved in stitching clothes and doing embroidery work. However, they were stranded after their factory shut due to restrictions imposed under the ongoing lockdown. (Image: AirAsia India)
Sood, has already helped thousands of stranded migrants reach their hometowns in buses from various parts of Maharashtra, but this was the first time that he arranged for the AirAsia India flight after he learnt about their plight from a close friend in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. (Image: AirAsia India)
Sood, has already helped thousands of stranded migrants reach their hometowns in buses from various parts of Maharashtra, but this was the first time that he arranged for the AirAsia India flight after he learnt about their plight from a close friend in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. (Image: AirAsia India)
The 'Simmba' actor reportedly paid arranged for the special AirAsia flight. (Image: AirAsia India)
The 'Simmba' actor reportedly paid arranged for the special AirAsia flight. (Image: AirAsia India)
The actor was quoted as saying:
The actor was quoted as saying: "When I decided to come forward in support of these migrant workers who have been stranded, all that I had in my mind was how I can help reunite them with their families and homes." (Image: AirAsia India)
"I must thank AirAsia India for their immediate response and interest in supporting this endeavor," the actor added. (Image: AirAsia India)
Sood has hired private buses out of his own will to send stranded workers home from Mumbai. (Image: AirAsia India)
Sood has hired private buses out of his own will to send stranded workers home from Mumbai. (Image: AirAsia India)
One of the migrant workers identified as Prashanto said,
One of the migrant workers identified as Prashanto said, "We would like to thank Sonu Sood from the bottom of our hearts for making these arrangements for us to fly back home. Words aren't enough for us to express our gratitude towards this gesture. All of us have not met our families for so many months." (Image: AirAsia India)
Acknowledging Sood’s efforts, head of sales and distribution at the airline Anup Manjeshwar said,
Acknowledging Sood’s efforts, head of sales and distribution at the airline Anup Manjeshwar said, "AirAsia is happy to be a part of this initiative of Sonu Sood and help people in need get back to their loved ones. In reaching out to us, Sood has reinforced that in specially times like this, air travel remains the quickest, safest, most efficient and effective means of transport." (Image: AirAsia India)
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