Good Samaritans help family fly for rites | Surat News – Times of India


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SURAT: Staffers of two private airlines and a passenger helped a labourer woman turn her tears and worries into smiles and a sense of big relief at the city airport on Friday.
The woman had lost the hope to see her mother’s face for the last time. Sutapa, 21, was travelling to Kolkata with her labourer husband Subrata and one-year-old child Sneha.
The worries of the family, residents of Kadodara, started when they failed to report on time at Surat airport to catch the Air India flight for Kolkata on Friday evening. They reached the airport late due to heavy traffic on the city roads.
“The woman was crying incessantly at the entry point when I and IndiGo station manager Mohammad Anisur noticed them. We enquired and learnt that Sutapa’s mother had died and she could see her face only if she reached their village by morning,” said Sachin Pillai, station manager of SpiceJet.
Soon, Pillai and Anisur started exploring options to help the family to reach Kolkata. “Initially, we were planning to send them to Kolkata via Mumbai since it was cost-effective. We started collecting contributions from our colleagues to help them buy tickets as they did not have any money,” said Anisur.
Subrata had already spent the money to buy the tickets for Kolkata and the family had no money to buy tickets again. Hence, Pillai and Anisur sought help from their colleagues.
Meanwhile, passenger Rohan Dharmani travelling to Jaipur noticed this. He offered to buy the tickets via New Delhi and paid for it. The money collected by Pillai and Anisur, which was around Rs 9,000, was given to the family for any emergency expenditure.
The family later took the flight to Delhi at night and reached Kolkata in the morning. “They called to say thanks in the morning after reaching home. They attended the cremation,” said Sachin Pillai,

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