Maoist threaten Akshay Kumar, Saina Nehwal for helping martyrs’ kin

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and badminton champion Saina Nehwal have been threatened by the proscribed CPI (Maoist) for extending financial help to the families of Cetral Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed in an ambush in Chattisgarh’s Sukma district in March.

In pamphlets circulated by the Naxalites in South Bastar region of the state, Akshay and Saina were condemned for giving financial support to the families of martyred CRPF jawans, and appealed to celebrities and well-known personalities to oppose the military oppression against the poor masses and human rights violation. It urged to voice support for the poor and the revolution against the exploitation of the tribal population of the state.

“We condemn the financial assistance given to the families of CRPF jawans killed in Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) attacks. We appeal to famous figures, film actors, sportspersons and celebrities to stand with the revolution and poor people. Stand against police atrocities and human rights violations,” the pamphlets read.

The pamphlets, in Hindi and regional Gondi language, were circulated last week when the Maoists celebrated 50th anniversary of the Naxalbari movement.

Akhay Kumar donated a total of Rs 1.8 crore, Rs 9 lakh each to the families of 12 CRPF jawans, who were martyred in the Sukma attack on Marcy 16. Saina, on the other hand, donated Rs 6 lakh - Rs 50,000 each - to the families of the 12 CRPF personnel.

Akshay has been part of such acts and has voiced his opinion on online portals to help families of the deceased soldiers earlier too. Akshay launched an app, Bharat Ke Veer to facilitate direct digital transfer of money from donors to the families of the martyrs. He has on previous occasions too provided monetary support to families of deceased soldiers.