Cricketer Gautam Gambhir has announced that his foundation will “take care of the entire education expenses of the children” of the 25 CRPF personnel who were killed in the Sukma attack earlier this week.
Gautam Gambhir to bear full expenses of the children of 25 CRPF personnel killed in Sukma attack, Gambhir's media manager confirms to ANI pic.twitter.com/CQwnPsUI0r— ANI (@ANI_news) April 28, 2017
Gambhir’s media manager confirmed the news on 28 April, after the cricketer wrote in his column for Hindustan Times that the Gautam Gambhir Foundation had begun work in this regard.
Gautam Gambhir in his HT columnOn 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 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 said.
In the wake of the attack in Sukma on 24 April, said to be the deadliest Maoist attack on CRPF in seven years, Gambhir had tweeted:
25 CRPF men sacrificed lives for the country. Sometimes I wonder if we deserve their sacrifice!!!
25 CRPF men sacrificed lives for d country. Sometimes I wonder if we deserve their sacrifice!!! pic.twitter.com/yKN8bzEom2— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 26, 2017
As we crib over lack of air conditioning or size of our already mammoth SUV, let's ponder over d future of d daughters of CRPF martyrs. pic.twitter.com/XhBbbaFEgD— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 26, 2017
The Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders wore black arm bands during their IPL match against Rising Pune Supergiant on 26 April as a mark of respect to the CRPF martyrs.