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Gautam Gambhir donates IPL prize money to CRPF’s Sukma attack victims

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir donated the prize money he received to the kin of the Sukma attack victims after winning the Man-of-the-Match award in the Indian Premier League.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 29, 2017 14:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Gautam Gambhir,IPL 2017,Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir was named the Man-of-the-Match against Delhi Daredevils in the 2017 Indian Premier League on Friday.(AFP)

Gautam Gambhir has shown how large hearted he is. After pledging that he will bear the educational expenses of the children of the 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who were killed in an attack by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on Monday, he went a step further to donate the prize money he received for winning the Man-of-the-Match award on Friday evening.

The Kolkata Knight Riders captain played a match-winning knock of 71 not out in the 2017 Indian Premier League to guide his team to a seven wicket victory over the Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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When he was declared the Man-of-the-Match, the skipper said he would like to donate the prize money to the kin of security personnel who lost their lives in the attack.

Backing the move, Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M. Venkaiah Naidu took to his Twitter account and complimented the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper for setting an example.

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As many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed and six others were injured in the attacks by the Maoists in Sukma.

The attack took place on personnel of the CRPF’s 74th Battalion as they were assisting the local population in road building activity in the district.

(With inputs from ANI)

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 14:39 IST