Recently in Chhattisgarh, India, in a gruesome attack on CRPF by Naxal militants, 25 soldier were martyred. Seven soldiers were injured in the attack, which was one of the deadliest so far. The attack in Sukma district of the state shook the whole nation. In such times, the solidarity of cricketer Gautam Gambhir emerged as an exemplary step reflecting his sensibilities. The former captain of Team India announced he will bear the educational expenses of all the children of 25 martyred CRPF soldiers. As reported by a new agency, the charitable foundation of the cricketer will take care of all educational expenses of the children. It is also reported the foundation has already started its initial proceedings.
The cricketer has been vocal on various issues related to militancy and underdevelopment. He was also trolled for his views about Kashmir issues on social media. The player, on his column at Hindustan Times, he wrote, “On Wednesday morning, I picked up newspapers and saw gut-wrenching pictures of the daughters of two CRPF men killed in the latest attacks. One was saluting her martyred father while in the other picture, the howling young woman was being consoled by her relative.” The cricketer further added, “the Gautam Gambhir Foundation will take care of the entire education expenses of the children of these martyrs.” He said the team has already started working and he himself will check on the progresses.
On a series of Tweets, the player expressed his condolences to the Jawans. One of his Tweets read, “…sometimes I wonder, if we deserve their sacrifice.” The soldiers were killed in a fake ploy of armed surrender. Chhattisgarh has been long troubled by Maoist militants. The player is now heading Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, where his team is gaining a strong upper hand.
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