Indian team’s star off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was trolled fiercely on social media. He has called the Khalistani terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was killed in the Golden Temple in Amritsar, a martyr. Harbhajan shared a story on his Instagram account on the 37th anniversary of Operation Blue Star.
It read, ‘Live with honor and die for religion. Salute to the martyrdom of lions and lionesses who were martyred at Sachkhand Shri Harimander Sahib from June 1 to June 6, 1984. Harbhajan did not name Bhindranwale in his Insta story, but the photo he shared also had a picture of Khalistani terrorist Bhindranwale.
Harbhajan apologizes on social media
Harbhajan has apologized on social media for this. He wrote- I apologize for my post yesterday. It was a message forwarded on WhatsApp and I shared it without checking it. It was my fault, I’m sorry. In no case do I endorse the message and photo given in that photo.
Harbhajan said- I am a Sikh, who will fight for India, not against India. I apologize for hurting the sentiments of my nation. I have given my blood and sweat for this country for 20 years and will never support anything which is anti-national.
Harbhajan on target of social media users
Harbhajan’s post has been heavily criticized on social media. Social media users have written that Harbhajan does not have the right to live in India. Users have also demanded to register an FIR against him. A user named Anamika Yadav wrote – BCCI should take immediate action against Harbhajan for such a statement. FIR should be registered against him. The awards that Harbhajan got should also be taken back.
Suraj Kaul wrote – Harbhajan Singh had earlier appealed for donation to Shahid Afridi’s foundation. Now they are calling the Khalistani terrorist who killed thousands of people a martyr. it’s embarrassing.
Users named Bharat Bhakt wrote – I cannot understand that when India won the World Cup, you cried with the tricolor and now you are glorifying a person who was a traitor. You have lost your respect.
What was Operation Blue Star?
Operation Blue Star ended when the body was found after the death of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (separatist leader) late on 6th June, 1984. In this, 83 soldiers were killed, in which 3 were army officers. During this 492 people were killed, while 248 people were injured. In fact, at that time the demand to separate Punjab from India and form ‘Khalistan’ nation was gaining momentum. So this operation was carried out.
Who was Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale?
Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was the leader of the Damdami Taksal, a religious organization of the Sikhs. His fanatical ideology had started making a deep impact on the people. Hence he was given the command of the institution.
Bhindranwale made his headquarters at the Akal Takht in the Golden Temple complex and captured the Akal Takht. It was also opposed, but Bhindranwale did not worry about it and the cycle of violence continued.
Bhindranwale wanted the Hindus to leave Punjab, which was a challenge to the Delhi government. Indira Gandhi also had to reach a decision at the earliest, as her difficulties were increasing.
The army had executed this operation like this
Indira Gandhi handed over Amritsar to the army on 1 June 1984 and started Operation Blue Star. The command of this operation was entrusted to Major General Kuldeep Singh Brar.
The 9th Battalion of the Army advanced towards the Golden Temple. After this, the border with Pakistan was sealed on 3 June. During the operation, people living in the temple premises were asked to come out, but till June 5, 7 pm, only 129 people came out.
On June 5, 1984, at 7 pm, the army’s action began and overnight there was firing from both sides. On June 6, at 5:20 am, it was decided that tanks would have to be brought inside to remove the terrorists hiding in the Akaltakht.
This operation caused a lot of damage to the Akaltakht and on 6th June also the firing continued from morning till evening. Finally the army found Bhindranwale’s body late in the night and on the morning of 7 June, Operation Blue Star ended.