Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has pledged to donate Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those CRPF jawans, who were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama on Thursday. His offer of financial help came a day the dead bodies of these jawans arrived back in their native places.
“Yes, Mr Bachchan will be giving Rs 5 lakh to each of the martyr’s families and is currently finding out the correct process to do so,” Bachchan’s spokesperson told Hindustan Times.
The actor had earlier cancelled his engagement as a special guest at an event organised by Virat Kohli’s Foundation on Saturday. His son Abhishek Bachchan had taken to social media to express his anguish over the terror attack targeting India’s soldiers. “Such terrible news coming from #Pulwama. Today when people are celebrating love, hate raises it’s ugly head too. My thoughts and prayers for the martyrs and their families,” Abhishek’s social media post had read.
Elsewhere, Nita Ambani’s Reliance Foundation too announced that it will take ‘full responsibility’ for the education and employment of the children of fallen soldiers. A statement by Reliance Foundation said, “As a mark of our gratitude to the martyrs, Reliance Foundation expresses its readiness to assume full responsibility for the education and employment of their children, and the livelihood of their families. If necessary, our hospital is ready to provide the best possible treatment to the injured jawans. We shall also deem it to be our duty to shoulder any other responsibility the government may place upon us in service to our beloved Armed Forces.”
The statement further added, “Our hearts go out to the bereaved members of the martyrs’ families. The nation will never forget the bravehearts and their sacrifice. We pray for the recovery of the injured jawans. As citizens, as well as a Corporate Citizen, we stand fully behind our Armed Forces and our Government in this hour of national solidarity.”
On Thursday, a suicide bomber from Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit had attacked a CRPF convoy with nearly 350 kgs of RDX as he rammed his car into one of the buses being used by paramilitary forces. 42 CRPF jawans were killed in the attack.