Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir on Saturday spotted a man who once served in the Indian Army, begging at Delhi’s Connaught Place.The man, identified as Peethambaran, was seen holding a walking cane in one hand and in the other- a placard saying “I need your help”. It claimed the reason for his begging as he recently met with an accident and has been going through financial difficulties.Gambhir pointed out in a tweet that due to technical reasons, the ex-serviceman can’t get the support he needs from the Army. Gambhir also urged Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence and Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADG PI) of the Indian Army, to intervene and help the veteran as he is begging on the streets. (Photo: Twitter/@GautamGambhir)Gambhir, whose hometown is New Delhi, said the man he found served in the Army from 1965 to 1971 and can be verified through his ID, which was seen hanging around his neck. The man claimed he participated in the India-Pakistan war and also the India-China conflict in 1967.The Defence spokesperson responded to the ex-cricketer’s tweet within a few hours saying, “We appreciate the concern raised by you and assure that the response will be quick and complete.”We appreciate the concern raised by you and assure that the response will be quick and complete. @adgpi https://t.co/qA23ZqTHjmDefence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) February 2, 2019Last week, Gautam Gambhir was conferred with the Padma Shri award on Republic Day. He played a key role in helping India win the World T20 in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup. In December 2018, Gambhir announced his retirement all forms of cricket.advertisementREAD | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsALSO READ | Gautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squadWATCH | Gautam Gambhir slams MS Dhoni’s captaincy decisions during 2012 tri-series in Australia
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