BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Bengali superstar and Trinamool Ghatal MP Dev has kept his promise. He had promised more than 70 Indian nationals in Russia that he would bring them safely to Kolkata. And the Password actor has kept his word. On June 27, more than 70 Indian nationals mostly medical students from Bengal boarded the flight from Russia under the Vande Bharat Mission and on Sunday, they would land at Kolkata International Airport.
Also, before boarding the flight, one of the students, Akhilendu Karak, took to Twitter to thank the actor-politician for taking all the efforts and arranging the flight. “And it’s time to fly, Thank you @idevadhikari for helping us a lot,” he posted. To this the actor replied, “Happy Journey..#Russiakolkatta.”
— Dev (@idevadhikari) June 27, 2020
In fact, in the video the group of students are seen thanking the superstar in unison.
It all started on June 11 on Twitter when an MBBS student, Akhilendu, from Moscow got in touch with Dev on Twitter in the hope of returning to Bengal. By then, the actor has brought back migrant workers from Nepal, and Jammu to his constituency Ghatal. However, this is the first time, Dev is bringing back Indians stranded on foreign shores due to global COVID-19 pandemic.
Akhilendu is a student at Tver State Medical University in Russia. He had earlier tweeted to Prime Minister’s Office and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava. However, it was Dev who immediately responded to Akhilendu’s tweet saying, “Ok my team will cordinate..can’t promise..but will surely try my level best.” The flight was arranged within four day of Akhilendu’s tweet.
When Bulletin Hours published the article on June 12, Dev said, he was working on the repatriation process with various government departments.
“I immediately got in touch with Bengal CMO and then took it up with the Civil Aviation Ministry and Indian Embassy in Moscow. We want to help out as many people as possible but there are lot of logistical challenges,” Dev said. Meanwhile, people from Kuwait and Dubai are also in touch with the actor-politician hoping to return to India.
“@idevadhikari From Behalf of all Bengali students am Thanking You Sir. At last They have arranged flight for West Bengal (kolkata) for Indian Nationals Stranded in Russia. Thank you Very much Sir,” tweeted Akhilendu during that time.
Dev, however, said that we are in this together. The Golondaaz actor urged the students not to skip self-quarantine. Dev also told them that as youngsters they are the future of the country, and appealed to them to help the others always. “Not at all.. We are all in this together. I only hope you guys reach home safely and before that don’t forget to Self-Quarantine to help keep others safe.
And as you guys are the youth, who will take our country forward, remember to always help if & when you can. Best wishes,” tweeted Dev.
Not at all.. We are all in this together.
I only hope you guys reach home safely and before that don’t forget to Self-Quarantine to help keep others safe.
And as you guys are the youth, who will take our country forward, remember to always help if & when you can.
Best wishes👍🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/clXpPnKyug
— Dev (@idevadhikari) June 16, 2020