Watch: Lulu Group chief saves Kerala woman's house from bank repossession

MA Yusuff Ali was approached by the woman while he was visiting his saviours in Kerala who rescued him during the chopper crash



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Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Mon 6 Dec 2021, 2:41 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 11:56 AM

Lulu Group chairman and managing director MA Yusuffali saved a Kerala woman’s house from being repossessed by a local bank in a random act of kindness.

The UAE-based businessman was approached by the woman, identified as Amina, while he was visiting people who rescued him and several others during a helicopter crash eight months ago, Khaleej Times has learnt.

Yusuffali, his wife Shabira, and five others, including the pilot and co-pilot, survived the crash following a forced landing of their helicopter in a swamp amid heavy rains and winds on April 11 in Panangad, a village in Kochi. The accident took place when Ali was on his way to meet with a relative at a hospital in Nettoor.

“Yusuffali and his team went to visit the families that rescued him during the crucial moments after the crash. While he was walking towards his car, an elderly lady named Amina ran up to him with several bank documents in her hand,” V Nandakumar, director of marketing and communications at Lulu Group, Abu Dhabi explained.

The incident took place on Sunday, December 5. Amina said her house was soon to be repossessed by a neighbourhood bank due to non-payment of dues.

In a now-viral video that was shared by bystanders, Amina can be seen desperately asking Yusuffali for assistance.

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“The bank will repossess my home. Please help me,” she is seen saying in the video. Without a moment’s notice, the UAE-based businessman promised her his support.

A day later, senior Lulu Group officials have confirmed to Khaleej Times that Yusuffali’s personal staff went to the bank, paid the outstanding amount of approximately Dh18,506 (INR 3,80,000) to the Keechery Service Co-operative Bank. “Yusuffali has also paid Dh2,435 (INR 50,000) which will go towards Amina’s family’s medical expenses,” added Nandakumar.

“The title deed of her house and other documents would be returned to her in two days,” he explained.

Ali had returned to the crash site and visited villagers who rescued him, after fully recovering from injuries he sustained during the accident.

Lulu group chief, MA Yousafali, visits people who rescued him during a chopper crash in Kerala. Photo: Supplied
Lulu group chief, MA Yousafali, visits people who rescued him during a chopper crash in Kerala. Photo: Supplied

The group said he first met with Rajesh and his wife Biji, a local policewoman.

Yusuffali recollected it was Rajesh who first came to his rescue after the chopper made a belly landing in the waterlogged plot of land. He thanked Rajesh and his wife for their invaluable rescue work during adverse weather conditions, without realising who Yusuffali was.

“It was Biji who rushed to a nearby police station to inform cops about the accident,” said the Group. The head of the retail business presented the family with gifts and a cheque, which Ali called ‘a gift of love’.

Lulu group chief, MA Yousafali, visits people who rescued him during a chopper crash in Kerala. Photo: Supplied
Lulu group chief, MA Yousafali, visits people who rescued him during a chopper crash in Kerala. Photo: Supplied

Yusuffali spent nearly 30 minutes with the family and promised Rajesh he would extend all the support that was needed to organise his cousin’s wedding.

He also visited Peter, the owner of the land where the crash took place and handed gifts over to him.

The UAE-based Indian businessman and billionaire is very closely involved in several social and charitable humanitarian activities. Earlier this year, he saved Kerala man Becks Krishnan from death row after he paid Dh 500,000 in blood money.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com


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