TOI reported their plight on Tuesday and tweeted about it too. The tweet garnered more than 3,000 retweets and likes in a few hours, which had the airline, IndiGo, take to Twitter to post: “We are reaching out to these passengers right away. Rest assured, we shall be accommodating them on the next available flight or providing them with a full refund.’’ The airline later said they have been booked on a June 1 flight as the labourers decided not to take the first flight out on May 28.
Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, too, tweeted the issue has been resolved.
@ManjuVTOI @IndiGo6E This has been resolved. Th e airline had to cancil because of the restrictions by the concerne… https://t.co/3K962udXwx
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) 1590510191000
The three worked on construction sites in Mumbai. “I haven’t been home in 20 months because I couldn’t afford it,” said Sona Mullah (46), one of the labourers, who earns Rs 15,000 a month and sends home Rs 10,000. His wife back home in Murshidabad keeps goats. “We earn about Rs 6,000 a year from keeping the goats. Last week, we sold all the three for Rs 9,600 so that I could pay Rs 10,200 for my air ticket,’’ he said.