Saina Nehwal who is London Olympics bronze medallist has decided to donate Rs 6 lakhs to the families of the 12 Central Reserve Police Force jawans who were killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh last week.
She would give Rs 50,000 to each family of those jawans. Saina, who turned 27 on Friday, said:" she is pained by what happened last week and this is a small contribution to the families who have suffered irreparable loss."
"My heart goes out to our soldiers who put their lives at risk to keep us safe. I can't bring those soldiers back who lost their lives in Chhattisgarh but in my small way I want to donate this six lakhs for those families," Saina told PTI from Bengaluru.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar also donated Rs 1.08 crore - 9 lakhs each to the families of soldiers.
The 219 battalions' CRPF soldiers were attacked by Naxalites in Bhejji when they were guarding a road being built between the village and Injeram on National Highway-30.
The militants used locally-made mortars, tiffin bombs and arrows with explosives connected to their heads. The Chhattisgarh Police had said "the Naxalite attack was planned and executed with deadly accuracy".
BY M. DIVYA SRI