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Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh landed in hot water for glorifying Khalistani terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale on his death anniversary on Sunday. The offspinner called him a 'martyr' and proffered ‘pranam’ in an Instagram story.
However, he tendered an unconditional apology on Monday following the outrage. The veteran tweaker claimed that he shared the post in haste without verifying the contents. He has also asserted that he does not subscribe to the views of the post. "I am a Sikh who will fight for India and not against India", he has said.
The text in the image posted by Harbhajan read, "Heartfelt tribute to those martyred in Operation inside Shri Harmandir Sahib on June 1- June 6, 1984."
Bhindranwale and his acolytes were killed in the Operation Blue Star in 1984 after the then prime minister Indira Gandhi had ordered the Indian Army to enter the Golden Temple and flush out the terrorists hiding inside the holy place.
On the occasion of the 37th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, posters of Bhindranwale and Khalistani flags were seen during an event inside Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar.