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‘Was a WhatsApp forward’: Harbhajan Singh apologises for Insta story ‘saluting’ Bhindranwale


Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh | Twitter
Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh | Twitter


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New Delhi: Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has apologised after he faced mounting criticism for praising Khalistani terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and others in an Instagram story Sunday.

In a clarification posted Monday, Singh tweeted: “I just wish to clarify and apologise for an Instagram post yesterday. It was a WhatsApp forward that I posted in a haste…(sic).”

He added that he does not subscribe to the views in the post and “will never support anything that is anti-India”.

While some social media users called his mention of a WhatsApp forward a “silly excuse“, others wondered if he was “forced” to post it.

Marking 37 years since Operation Blue Star, in which Bhindranwale and others were killed inside the Golden Temple, the cricketer posted an image of Bhindranwale and others with the caption: “Pranaam shaheeda nu (salute to the martyrs)”.

The image was accompanied by text in Punjabi that read: “Heartfelt tribute to those martyred in Operation inside Shri Harmandir Sahib on June 1- June 6, 1984.”

A legendary spin bowler, Singh made his ODI and Test debuts in 1998 and last represented India in the 2016 Asia Cup T20 International where he played only one match against the UAE. He was also part of the IPL with Mumbai Indians for 10 seasons. He won three titles before being bought by Chennai Super Kings in 2018. He, however, opted out of the 2020 IPL in the UAE due to personal reasons.

In 2002, the Punjab government offered the cricketer a post as deputy superintendent of police, but Singh never took up the offer.


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Twitter users hit out at ‘shameful’ post

The 40-year-old received flak online for glorifying a terrorist, with many calling his social media post “shameful” and others saying they have “lost respect” for him.

One Twitter user wrote: “So @harbhajan_singh not only praised a declared terrorist, but praised someone who wanted India to be partitioned again & have killed Hindus in large number.”

Others vowed not to view his commentary during IPL or any other cricket tournaments.

“I used to cheer for @harbhajan_singh when i was a kid. Shame on me,” a Twitter user by the name of Rahul Kr. Sr. wrote.


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