Veteran cricketer Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday lashed out against a Jet Airways pilot for alleged racial discrimination against an Indian passenger on the flight.
The Punjab tweaker, who is currently playing for the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians, took to Twitter to say that the pilot, named Bernd Hoesslin, "physically assaulted a lady and abused a physically challenged man" besides calling them "bloody Indians".
In a series of tweets, the off-spinner hit out at the airline's pilot.
So called this Bernd Hoesslin a pilot with @jetairways called my fellow indian(u bloody indian get out of my flight)while he is earning here— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017
Not only was he racist but physically assaulted a lady and abused a physically challenged man..absolutely disgraceful &shame on @jetairways— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017
Demanding strict action against the pilot, the 36-year-old cricketer wrote:
Strict action must b taken &such things should not be allowed or tolerated in r country.. #proudtobeindian let's get together and sort this— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017
The incident involved Punjabi and Bollywood music director Jatinder Shah and Bollywood marketing professional Pooja Singh Gujral during their flight from Chandigarh to Mumbai on 3 April. Pooja posted on Facebook narrating her experience.
Meanwhile, Jet Airways regretted the incident in a statement to NDTV saying, "Corrective action will be taken after due investigation. The airline has, as per policy, initiated a full-fledged investigation, based on specific inputs from guests, concerned departments and agencies".