NEW DELHI: Harbhajan Singh, one of the best spin bowlers in the Indian cricket team, has sparked controversy among Netizens over his post in support of extremists on Instagram.
In 1981, at the behest of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Indian Army entered the Golden Temple and carried out the ‘Blue Star Operation’, killing the leader of the terrorists, Bhindranwale and Journal Singh.
Meanwhile, on the eve of the 37th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, Harbhajan Singh took to his Instagram page to pay tribute to Khalistan militants, including Bhindranwale and Jarnail Singh.
In it, on the 37th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, he referred to ‘salute to the martyrs’. He also paid tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the operation inside the Golden Temple from June 1 to June 6, 1984.
Paying homage to the extremists and referring to the extremists as Harbhajan Singh martyrs caused great controversy. Within minutes of posting, his record came under fire.
In this regard, Harbhajan Singh apologized for his Instagram post and posted on Twitter:
Came on WhatsApp!
I would like to clarify and apologize for my Instagram post. Without realizing what the message on the WhatsApp meant, I shared it. That’s my fault. I accept that. At no point did I support those in the photos I posted.
I am a Sikh. I am a fighter for India. Not the opposite. I apologize unconditionally for hurting the feeling of the nation. In fact, I will never support any group against my country. For my country, for the past 20 years, I have shed blood and sweat. I will never support anything against India. Jai Hind. He has thus issued his public apology.