Former Indian cricket team skipper Gautam Gambhir has announced that he will bear full expenses of the children of 25 CRPF personnel killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s south Sukma area on Monday. Gambhir said he would extend support through his ‘Gautam Gambhir Foundation’. The initial steps were already being taken in this concern, the cricketer added.
“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, who is currently leading Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, said he was traumatised by the massacre. The images of grieving daughters of two martyred CRPF officials, have left him feeling hollow, he said.
“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.