Gautam Gambhir to bear education expenses of CRPF martyr’s children
He said that the massacre shook him and the two newspaper pictures of grieving daughters of two martyred CRPF officials left him feeling sad on the incident.
Published - Apr 28, 2017 1:10 am | Updated - Apr 28, 2017 1:10 am
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has pledged to bear the full costs of the children of 25 CRPF personnel killed in an ambush by the Maoists in Chattisgarh’s south Sukuma area this Monday. The left-handed opening batsman announced that he would extend his complete support for the children through his foundation.
The initial steps in this process have already been processed and started by the KKR skipper. He said that the massacre shook him and the two newspaper pictures of grieving daughters of two martyred CRPF officials left him feeling sad on the incident.
“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.
In support of this, the entire Knight Riders team wore the black band on their arms as a mark of respect to the deceased CRPF men in their encounter against the Supergiant.
“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.
It was tough not only for the skipper but also for his team to concentrate on the match after the incident. However, it was not seen in his or his partner Robin Uthappa’s batting display as they led the team to a dominant win. The century-plus partnership ensured that there were no hiccups in their high run-chase against the Supergiant.
“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,” Gambhir concluded.