Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar continues to do his bit for the jawans. The actor has donated Rs 1.08 crore to the families of twelve slain jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Belonging to the 219 battalion, these brave jawans were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district after a group of the Naxal’s armed militia ambushed a road opening party (ROP) in the area’s Bheji village on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Akshay Kumar donates Rs 1.08 crore to families of 12 CRPF soldiers killed in Sukma encounter.

Kumar had been in touch with Amit Lodha, DIG of Jaisalmer sector north. He inquired about the details of the slain jawans’ kin and decided to donate Rs 9 lakh each to the families of the 12 jawans.

The same report quotes Lodha as saying, “Akshay himself has been in touch with me and he keeps enquiring about incidents and when I told him about the Sukma incident he immediately told me he would like to contribute and do his bit for the families of the martyred jawans, we are all grateful to him for this kind gesture.”

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This is not the first time Kumar has expressed his gratitude towards jawans. The Economic Times reports that he recently met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to discuss a plan to create a phone application that facilitates transparent and convenient donations to the kin of martyred jawans by anyone who wishes to extend monetary help.

The Indian Express reports Kumar as saying, “They are decorated with lot of medals and that is good. But I looked at their faces. This honour was needed for them but they need money too. You have to be practical.” The same report states that he had earlier donated Rs 9 lakh to the family of a martyred Border Security Force (BSF) jawan.

 

Source: Indian Express, The Times of India

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