The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna has proposed to contribute at least Rs 5 crore to the families of the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack.
The acting president, in a letter to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), further proposed to observe a two-minute silence during the first match at each venue of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, first match of the India -Australia series starting February 24, and during the inaugural ceremony/match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting March 23.
“We are saddened and join our fellow Indian citizens in condemning the dastardly Pulwama Terror attack. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers. I request the Committee of Administrators that BCCI should contribute atleast 5 crores through the appropriate government agencies to the families of the martyred soldiers,” Khanna wrote in his letter to the CoA.
“As a mark of respect to the Central Reserve Force personnel martyred in the Pulwana Terror attack we should observe a two minute silence during the first match at each venue of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, first match of the India -Australia series starting February 24, and during the Inaugural ceremony/ Inaugural match of the Indian Premier League starting March 23,” he added.
Khanna also revealed that he is going to request all state associations and IPL franchise owners to consider making contributions to the families of the slain soldiers and observe a two-minute silence during their first IPL matches.
“I am also going to request the state associations and the respective Indian Premier League franchise owners to consider making contributions and observing two-minute silence during their first IPL matches,” Khanna stated.
As many as 40 CRPF personnel were killed when their convoy was targeted on Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Thursday. The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
Soon after the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which is based in Pakistan and backed by Islamabad, claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was carried out by its suicide bomber.
A day after the attack, the Centre announced the withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status granted to Pakistan.
As many as 48 countries have extended support to India, condemning the dastardly act.