Mumbai, May 30:“ When I saw all these migrants on the highways, risking their lives , and so many people losing their lives, during their journey, I realized that it’s very important to come forward and do something meaningful for them. I felt that was the need of the hour,” said Sonu after the first lockdown implemented by the government.
How he started to help migrants ?
When he first saw the migrants who started the journey from Maharashtra to Karnataka on foot, he made bus facility to transport and sent 350 migrants to their native places. He got permissions from Karnataka and Maharashtra state governments to go home.
He didn’t stop after his first help towards migrants. He formed Ghar Bhejo team with his childhood friend and restaurateur Neeti Goel to help other migrants to reach their home. Sonu and his Ghar Bhejo team sent hundreds of buses with migrants to every corner of the country – to UP , Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan in the north, to Karnataka and Kerala in the south, and Odisha, Bihar, and Jharkhand in the east.The Ghar Bhejo team sent 18,000 migrants back home.
He also helped 177 migrant girls from Kerala to reach their hometown in Orissa by arranging special flight.
Neha Dhupia quoted Sonu Sood as “ another super hero who doesn’t wear a cape and to everyone ‘s Rescue”.
Film Maker Sanjay Gupta wrote ,” So proud to say ‘ Yeh mera yaar hai.”