After sending around 750 migrants to Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh through his Ghar Bhejo initiative along with his friend Neeti Goel, Sonu Sood has now airlifted 177 girls from Ernakulam (Kerala) to Bhubaneswar (Odisha).
A source close to Sonu informed that the girls were stuck in Ernakulam due to the nationwide lockdown. They were working as stitching and embroidery workers at a local factory and had nowhere to go when the factory closed due to coronavirus pandemic.
“These girls come from Odisha’s Kendrapada. They were all stranded with no proper arrangements. These girls were 2000 km away from their homes and were unable to leave Ernakulam after the factory got shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Someone came to know about Sonu’s Ghar Bhejo initiative and contacted him,” the source said.
The source further added, “Since it was difficult to send these girls via road, Sonu and his team airlifted them from Cochin airport. Both the Cochin and Bhubaneswar airport operated for a few hours. A special aircraft had been called from Bangalore to airlift the girls from Kochi. The flight departed today at 8 am. These girls landed a while ago. Buses were also arranged and it dropped them to their villages in Kendrapada,” added the source.
Confirming the news, Sonu said, “I have been getting requests from all across the country. I am trying my level best to get them reunited with their families. I will continue to do my best till the last migrant reach home.”
Sonu and his team have been spending sleepless nights as they work to help as many migrants reach their hometowns. “After he launched the toll-free number, Sonu has been getting around 50-60 thousand calls from across the country. The entire team is spending sleepless nights and have been on their toes,” the source stated.
Meanwhile, Sonu is sending many migrants to Uttarakhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar today. The migrants are leaving by buses from Mumbai.