Amitabh Bachchan. Image Source: IANS

May 14 : Amitabh Bachchan, who has recently revealed that he has contributed Rs. 15 crore towards COVID-19 relief, wrote in his blog and thanked the government of Poland, the Mayor of the City of Wroclaw, the Ambassador of India at Warsaw and the LOT Polish Airlines for accommodating his order of 50 oxygen concentrators for India.

The megastar has a special connection with Poland, especially Wroclaw city that had honoured his late father eminent Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan by naming a square on him. Taking to his blog, the megastar wrote, "The general call from the places that were in need of help had been for the urgent need of oxygen concentrators. These are and were difficult to procure and when I was not getting any immediate source to acquire them my friend and the Indian Consul in Wroclaw stepped forward...came out with the name and details of a Polish Company that was making them...I immediately placed an order for 50 oxygen concentrators..."

Big B has also revealed that he has procured 20 ventilators, 10 of which have already been delivered to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and a few municipal hospitals in Mumbai while the balance 10 are expected to be delivered by the end of this month.

"So I have bought 50 concentrators and they shall be shipped out on the 15th of May. My gratitude that I have mentioned above is to all, in getting LOT Polish Airlines, that is delivering the equipment, to waive the freight charges as a gesture of helping us in our hour of need...in a few days I shall be buying another 50 hopefully of the 10 litre ones and donate them to a hospital with proper medical care," he further wrote in his blog.

Meanwhile, two Sikh political parties in New Delhi--Shiromani Akali Dal, Delhi, headed by Paramjit Singh Sarna, and the Jag Aasra Guru Ott party led by Manjit Singh GK--have objected to Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) accepting a donation of Rs 2 crore from Amitabh Bachchan for the COVID facility at Rakab Ganj Sahib Gurdwara. The parties in separate statements accused Amitabh Bachchan of being involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and said accepting money from him was wrong.

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