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Ajmer: Beggar's life savings of Rs. 6 lakh donated to families of CRPF soldiers

News Agencies | Updated on: 22 February 2019, 10:47 IST

Over six lakh rupees , the life savings of an old woman beggar, who died last year, will now benefit families of the soldiers killed in the recent Pulwama terror attack.

Nandini Sharma, who used to beg for alms outside a temple in Ajmer, had entrusted her savings with the trustees of the temple. Before she died six months ago, she had tasked them to give away her life savings to a noble cause.

Trustees of the temple said they had decided to donate Rs. 6.61 lakh that she had saved, to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund as per her last wish.

The bank draft of the amount was handed over to the district collector.

Sandeep Gaur, trustee of the temple committee said, that the woman's life savings were deposited through them in a bank.

“We have donated her savings to CM relief fund for CRPF soldiers who died in the terror attack,” Mr Gaur said.

Ajmer Collector hopes more people would come forward to donate after knowing beggar's gesture.

Vishwa Mohan Sharma, Collector of Ajmer, said, "A woman had saved over 6 lakh rupees and it was her last wish that this should be used for a good cause. The custodians have handed the cheque to me. It is an appreciable gesture and hopefully, it will inspire more people to come forward and donate."

In recent days, help has poured in from different quarters to offer financial assistance to families of soldiers who lost their lives in the dastardly Pulwama terror attack.

Nearly 40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14 after a suicide bomber rammed his car full of explosives into a CRPF convoy in Awantipora area of Pulwama in Kashmir.


First published: 22 February 2019, 9:00 IST