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Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Tragedy has struck closer home for

a 30-year-old auto rickshaw driver here who has been distributing food to migrants and the poor from the money saved for marriage, but he says the initiative will continue.

Akshay Kothawale, the good Samaritan, lost his father on Monday evening.

"My father Sanjay Kothawale, aged 57, died due to a heart attack last evening," Kothawale told PTI.

"I was returning home after wrapping up food distribution when I got a call from my family, informing that father was not well," he said.

His father, also an auto rickshaw driver, was suffering from a liver ailment too, Kothawale said.

"We took him to the Sassoon General Hospital but he died during treatment," he added.

"Today we were busy with post-death rituals, so we could not distribute food, but it will resume from tomorrow," Kothawale said.

Using the money he had saved for his marriage, Kothawale, with the help of some friends, is distributing food to nearly 400 stranded migrants and the poor every day amid lockdown.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 19 2020. 18:34 IST
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