Author: Neeraj Chauhan | TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: March 16, 2017
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has donated Rs nine lakh to each of the families of twelve CRPF men martyred in an ambush by Maoists in Sukma, Chhattisgarh last week.
CRPF said, "This gesture of Akshay Kumar exhibits his patriotism and devotion towards the country in general and CRPF in particular."
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also appreciated Kumar's act.
Rajnath Singh @rajnathsingh
The generosity of Shri @akshaykumar is highly commendable. This gesture will inspire others to come forward & help the families of martyrs
10:13 PM - 16 Mar 2017
The CRPF troopers were out on road opening party (ROP) duty on March 11 when their convoy was ambushed by the naxals with automatic weapons and IEDs. The Maoists also grabbed 10 assault rifles and radio sets and escaped. The CRPF security column that was following the ROP heard the gunfire and rushed to engage the Maoists. CRPF said that their troops had retaliated very bravely and valiantly to defeat their nefarious designs.
Prime minister Narendra Modi had expressed grief over the martyrdom of CRPF personnel and home minister Rajnath Singh personally visited Chhattisgarh and discussed the security situation with state chief minister Raman Singh.