New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has announced that whatever prize money he receives during the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it will go to the family of 25 CRPF jawans who were martyred in the Sukma maoist attack.
Gambhir was adjudged the match of the match for his unbeaten 71 against Delhi Daredevils on Friday, and during the post-match presentation, the southpaw lent his hand of support to the family members of the martyred CRPF jawans.
"Whatever I have earned till now (in the IPL) and whatever awards I will win, all the money will go to the victims of the CRPF jawans who got martyred in Sukma," said Gambhir.
"I think that I am a very proud Indian and I want to contribute and hopefully everyone will contribute. They give their lives for us, hopefully we can do this much for them," said the KKR skipper.
.@KKRiders skipper @GautamGambhir has dedicated his #IPL awards prize money to the martyrs of #Sukma Naxal attack pic.twitter.com/NyD2hliM6x— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2017
This is not the first time that Gambhir has come out in the support of the CRPF jawans. Earlier, the southpaw had said that his foundation will take care of the entire education expenses of the children of the martyrs.
"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 was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times.
"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," Gambhir said.
In one of the worst Naxal attacks in Chattisgarh in the recent past, 25 CRPF jawans were killed and seven others injured when Maoists attacked a patrol party of the 74th battalion of the paramilitary force near Burkapal village under Chintagufa police station limits on April 24.