Sports stars step up to fight Covid-19: Gambhir pledges Rs 50 lakh, Punia donates 6 months' salary
Gambhir also called for jail terms for those who do not follow the lockdown.
In a letter to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Gambhir wrote: "In furtherance of the united effort to save our city and citizens from this pandemic, I would like to pledge Rs 50 lakh from my MPLAD fund for equipment that may be needed for Covid-19 treatment in state government hospitals.
"Kindly direct the officers in charge to let my office know about the requirements and please let me know if I could be off any other assistance."
The whole of India is heading towards a complete lockdown to tackle the coronavirus with majority of the people following the 'Janata Curfew' on Sunday by staying at home. However, there were some who took to the streets in big groups after the curfew period ended at 9pm.
"Khud bhee jayenge aur parivaar ko bhee leke jayenge, quarantine or jail (either you go to quarantine with family or you go to jail," wrote Gambhir on Twitter.
"Don't be a threat to society. We are at war for our existence, not for our livelihood. Follow the government's lockdown guidelines," he added.
"I have donated my six months' salary towards relief fund for COVID-19 patients set up by Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar," wrote Punia, who works with the Railways as an officer on special duty (OSD) said in a tweet. He also called upon people to make contributions towards the "Haryana corona relief fund."
माननीय मुख्यमंत्री @mlkhattar जी की पहल पर हरियाणा में कोरोना पीड़ितों की मदद के लिए बनाए गए"हरियाणा कोरोना रिलीफ… https://t.co/nufDZAA9T1— Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) 1584985205000
The 2019 World Championship bronze medallist also earned praise from Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, who said it was a laudable effort.
With the global death toll passing 15,000, 19 Indian states have announced lockdown.
The Indian cricket board also advised citizens to stay at home.
"If you ever dreamed of playing for millions around the world, now is your chance," the BCCI tweeted.
(With inputs from PTI)