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Saina to donate Rs. 6 lakhs to CRPF families killed in Sukma

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Olympics bronze medallist has decided to donate Rs six lakhs -- Rs 50,000 each -- to the families of the 12 jawans killed in an encounter in last week.

Saina, who turned 27 today, 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 but in my small way I want to donate this six lakhs for those families," Saina told PTI from

actor Akshay Kumar also donated Rs 1.08 crore -- 9 lakhs each -- to the families of the 12 soldiers killed in Sukma encounter yesterday.

The 219 battalions' 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 Police had said the Naxalite attack was planned and executed with "deadly accuracy".

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 16:28 IST