Dubai businessmen pledge aid for 40 Indian soldiers slain in Pulwama

Dubai businessmen pledge aid for 40 Indian soldiers slain in Pulwama
Dubai's Gemini Group will support the families of CRPF soldiers slain in the attack at Pulwama, Kashmir, India.
Published: 20 February 2019 - noon
By: Neha Bhatia

UAE-based non-resident Indian brothers and top bosses of Gemini Group, chairman Sudhakar R Rao and managing director Prabhakar R Rao, have announced financial support worth $136,000 (AED500,000) for the families of 40 Indian soldiers that were slain in a terrorist attack in Pulwama in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Sudhakar Rao is the founding chairman of Gemini Global Hope Foundation, a non-government organisation and the real estate developer’s corporate social responsibility arm, and will donate a portion of his “organisation’s financial resources” for the grieving families. The group will make the donation through the government of India.

More than 40 personnel of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were slain in the deadly Pulwama terror attack. Commenting on the financial support, Rao said: “Today, I want to join hands with thousands of others who came forward to stand beside the families of the fallen heroes of our motherland in their hour of need.

“The Pulwama attack has shaken our conscience and inspired us to unite against such acts of cowardice. We join the entire nation in our collective grief and condemn such cowardly act – on a day when the rest of the world celebrated affection and love. The incident happened at a time when we are promoting tolerance, peace, and harmony in the UAE – a country that is known to be an oasis of peace and stability in the world.

“In this Year of Tolerance, let us […] join hands to promote peace. Going forward, we shall seek better ways to offer long-term financial support to the families.”


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