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Saina Nehwal to donate Rs. 6 lakh to families of CRPF personnel killed in Sukma

Saina Nehwal, who turned 27 on Friday, said she is pained by the incident of 12 CRPF jawans killed in an attack in Chattisgarh

other sports Updated: Mar 17, 2017 16:31 IST
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Saina Nehwal is the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at Olympics.(AP)

Saina Nehwal, London Olympics bronze medallist, has decided to donate Rs six lakhs -- Rs 50,000 each -- to the families of the 12 Central Reserve Police Force jawans killed in an attack in Chhattisgarh last week.

Saina, who turned 27on 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 Bangalore.

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar also donated Rs 1.08 crore to the families of the 12 CRPF soldiers killed in Sukma encounter.

The 219 battalion’s CRPF soldiers were ambushed by Naxalites in Bhejji when the troops were guarding a road being built between the village and Injeram on National Highway-30.

The militants had used locally-made mortars, tiffin bombs and arrows with explosives attached to their heads. The Chhattisgarh Police said the Naxalite attack was planned and executed with “deadly accuracy”.

First Published: Mar 17, 2017 16:13 IST