Imphal: As many as 185 stranded citizens of Manipur, mostly families with children and elders who couldn’t travel by train, were brought home by a special AirAsia chartered flight at free of cost on Tuesday.
This first such special flight in the state was arranged by National Law School (NLS) based in Delhi. The flight, which took off from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai at 8:10 am, was landed successfully at Imphal International Airport at around 11:40 am in Manipur.
Thousands of migrant workers, who hail from Manipur and living in Mumbai, were left without jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdown.
During this time of crisis, such a selfless gesture and evacuation mission by NLS has been lauded by the northeast community residing in Mumbai.
Speaking with EastMojo, Tangkhul Society Welfare Mumbai (TSWM) vice-president Thotmahai Raingam said that migrant workers from Manipur stranded in Mumbai are facing massive challenges during this time of pandemic.
“We expressed our profound gratitude to NLS for devoting and rendering the service to the people of Manipur and bringing them home safely by flight at free of costs,” said TSWM vice-president.
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Meanwhile, Leo Tharmi Raikhan, a social activist from the community who is based in Mumbai, has been instrumental in making the arrangement successful by coordinated with the NLS team.
Since the lockdown imposed, Raikhan has been extended help to fellow community members by arranging ration provision and other needs for the people.
“The TSWM is immensely grateful for his noble act and commendable service for the people of northeast, especially from Manipur, during these difficult times,” Raingam added.
Also, the third special Indian Railways Shramik Train with around 1,500 passengers which is being arranged for the stranded Manipur natives is scheduled to leave from CST train station in Mumbai to Jiribam on Tuesday at 9 pm.
As per sources, this would likely be the last train from Mumbai being arranged by the government.