Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday unconditionally apologised for a social media post, in which he had shared a picture of Khalistani militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale to pay homage to those who died in 'Operation Bluestar' of 1984.
The 40-year-old received a lot of flak for posting the image on his Instagram story, where he hailed Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a former separatist leader, as a martyr. Social media users were quick to call him out. According to reports, the image was later deleted from the cricketer’s profile.
"I just wish to clarify and apologise for an Instagram post yesterday. It was a WhatsApp forward that I posted in a haste and without even realising the content used and what it signified and stood for," he clarified in an apology on Twitter.
"That was my mistake I accept, and at no stage do I subscribe to the views in that post or support the people whose picture were carried. I am a Sikh who will fight for India and not against India. (sic)’’ Harbhajan cleared his stance.
"This is my unconditional apology for hurting the sentiments of my nation. In fact, any anti-national group against my people, I do not support and never will," he added.
Operation Bluestar was an Army operation carried out in 1984 to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Bhindranwale was the leader of that insurgent movement and was among the several casualties during the operation.
"I have given my blood and sweat for this country for 20 years and will never support anything that is anti-India," Harbhajan asserted.
The veteran offie claimed 417 international wickets in 103 Tests for India.
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