Aakhiri Ahuti, Free-of-cost service to ferry remains of NE people, launched
Delhi police statement said, "Aakhri Ahuti is a humanitarian initiative taken by Delhi Police in co-operation with IndiGo to carry the remains of the deceased from the North-east free of cost to the North-eastern destinations”.
Jitesh JhaJan 13, 2017 10:34 IST
Akhiri Ahuti: An initiative to cremate the under-privileged people from Northeast in presence of family
Delhi Police and budget carrier IndiGo in January 2017 launched ‘Akhiri Ahuti’ a humanitarian initiative under which the bodies of the North-east residents who die in Delhi will be carried to their homes.
Under the initiative, the Gurugram (Gurgaon) based airline will ferry the bodies to their homes, without levying any charge. However, the service would be available only on the recommendation of the Delhi police.
Cause behind the initiative Akhiri Ahuti
The initiative was ideated by Robin Hibu, a joint commissioner of Delhi police and the nodal officer for Northeast people after he faced several incidents in which people from the North-eastern states were cremated or buried in Delhi in absence of their family or friends.
Financial constraints of the relatives of the deceased didn’t allow them to take back the body or come to Delhi and cremate the body.
IndiGo President and Whole Time Director Aditya Ghosh said, “I personally believe that it is our honour to co-partner with Delhi Police to take the underprivileged domiciles of North-eastern states back on their final journey”.
At present, Indigo flies to five airports in North-East India from Delhi and they are Dibrugarh Chabwa, Dimapur, Guwahati, Imphal Municipal airport and Agartala.