Kochi: After arranging buses and food for thousands of stranded migrants, Sonu Sood has now airlifted 177 workers stuck in Kerala amid the coronavirus lockdown. The actor arranged a special chartered flight for women who had been left stranded in the state’s Ernakulam district, helping them return to Odisha.
The 177 women had been employed at a factory in Kochi, doing stitching and embroidery work. They were left without anywhere to go after the factory closed down due to restrictions imposed by the ongoing lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. Mr Sood, who has already helped thousands of stranded migrant workers reach their hometowns in buses, arranged a special aircraft for the stranded women after getting to know about their plight from a close friend in Bhubaneswar.
The actor started the process by obtaining necessary permits from the government to have the Kochi and Bhubaneswar airports opened. A special aircraft was called from Bengaluru to airlift the 177 women, who were then flown to Bhubaneswar in a two-hour journey to be reunited with their families.
Mr Sood’s initiative was acknowledged by Rajya Sabha MP Amar Patnaik who took to Twitter on Friday to praise the actor. “Sonu Sood Ji, your helping the Odia girls to return safely from Kerala is commendable. Kudos to your noble efforts. It’s incredible to see how you are helping the needy reach their homes safely. More strength to you!” he wrote.