After losing both legs in road mishap, budding hockey player gets support from academies

The hockey academies of Jarkhar and Jalandhar have come to the rescue of budding hockey player Akash Mehra, who lost both his legs after suffering an accident near Jalandhar cantonment on Tuesday. Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club, which runs the hockey academy at Jarkhar village, gave Rs 1 lakh to Mehra's mother on Saturday. The academy also promised to provide assistance in the education of Akash. The Surjit Hockey Society (SHS) in Jalandhar also announced Rs 1 lakh to the budding player. Akash is a student of class VIII and had been training at the hockey academy in Jarkhar.

MLA and SAD general secretary Dr Daljit Singh Cheema along with former captain of the national hockey team and MLA from Jalandhar Cantt Pargat Singh visited the hospital on Saturday to enquire about Mehra's health.

They assured Mehra's parents they will urge assistance from Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and arrange all possible assistance for the treatment of Akash. The trainees of Jarkhar Hockey Academy also contributed Rs 25,000 to Akash and promised to provide more assistance. Trainees of Patiala hockey camp said they would be praying for the well-being of Akash while the general secretary of Hockey India, Narinder Batra promised financial help to the injured player.

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