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The Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir has set an example by announcing that he will bear all educational expenses of the CRPF martyr’s children. In what can be called a commendable gesture, the former skipper of the Indian cricket team today announced that his foundation will bear all the educational expenses of children of 25 CRPF jawans who were martyred in Sukma recently.
“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,” Gambhir wrote in his column for Hindustan Times.
The Kolkata Knight Riders players also wore a black band as a mark of respect to the 25 deceased jawans during Wednesday’s match against Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune.
“The Gautam Gambhir Foundation will take care of the entire education expenses of the children of these martyrs. My team has already started work on this and I shall soon share the progress we have made,” he wrote. Gambhir said it was tough to concentrate going into the match after the Chhattisgarh incident.
Gambhir after winning the match said that it was the teamwork which helped us and added: “It is for the same reasons I love armed forces too, although the quantum of losing a dear one while serving the country can never ever be compared to losing a cricket match.”
In the deadliest attack by Naxals in the last seven years, 25 CRPF jawans were killed and seven injured when the ultras attacked a patrol party of the 74th battalion of the security forces near Burkapal village on Monday.