Saina Nehwal has decided to provide Rs.50,000 each to the families of 12 dead CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel in an encounter in Chhattisgarh last week.

“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.

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 Injera on National Highway-30.

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar also donated Rs.1 crore to these families.