Gautam Gambhir once again has proved that his heroics are not only limited to the field but extend beyond it as well. He has announced he will bear the educational expenses of the children of 25 CRPF personnel killed in an attack by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.
Gambhir, who is known to extend his support for Indian soliders on a regular basis, wrote in a column for Hindustan Times, "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 Delhi batsman added that his foundation will take care of the education expenses of all those children.
"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.
KKR wore a black arm band in their Indian Premier League outing against Rising Pune Supergiant on Wednesday, in memory of those soldiers. Gambhir went on to say that it was hard concentrating on the match after the barbaric attack, although he put on a solid performance along with Robin Uthappa to take KKR to the top of the IPL table.
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.
The Centre has assured action against the perpetrators of the ‘cold-blooded murder’ in Sukma.