Over 45 of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were martyred in the ghastly Pulwama attack on February 14. The attack also left 20 jawans injured as a 19-year-old terrorist blew himself to smithereens in an explosive-laden vehicle.
Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing and even released a video of the suicide bomber, Adil Ahmed Dar, which had been recorded prior to the terror attack.
Following this, the Indian armed forces avenged the death of its martyrs by killing the mastermind behind this attack Kamran alias Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, who had been hiding in the valley. Local media reported that Kamran infiltrated the border in first week of December and had been hiding there ever since.
As Indian tricolor draped coffins started reaching their respective hometowns, thousands of people along with bereaved families came together in solidarity. Notable personalitiesextended their support in various ways as some helped to offer donations, while others pledged to take care of the kids’ education.
In the middle of all of this, there was one young Indian man sitting thousands of kilometers away in Virginia who was moved by the sacrifices of our jawans.
Viveik Patel, aged 26, is a Senior Business Analyst and is originally from Vadodara. Following the tragedy, he immediately made up his mind to donate to the CRPF. But he was in for a shock when he saw that the official government website Bharat Ke Veer did not accept any US debit or credit cards.
Though a bit disappointed, Patel’s determination to fund the CPRF was very high. He thus used his intellect to form a fundraiser on Facebook.
He started the fundraiser on 15 February (IST) with a goal of $500,000 (Rs 3.54 crore approx). In less than 12 hours, he collected half of the amount – $2.52 lakh of Rs 1.75 crore approx.
By 19 February, the fundraiser surpassed the goal.
Today, 20 February, the sixth day, the fundraiser Patel has collected $850,000 (Rs 6 crore approx) from over 22,000 people from around the world.
However, some questions were raised on how the money would be transferred in the right hands.
Viveik cleared all doubts the donors had in this video
He also shares regular updates and relevant screenshots of his correspondence with consulate officials in the States.
The latest update shared by him says that he’s still waiting for a funds transfer and wants to ensure that only an authorized GOI delegate receives them.