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‘This needs to stop’ — Harbhajan Singh says he is sad for what’s happening in Delhi

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh has become one of the few sports personalities to speak out on the protests and violence over the citizenship law.

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New Delhi: Cricketer Harbhajan Singh Thursday raised his voice against the alleged police brutality during the protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, becoming one of the few top Indian sportspersons to speak up on the issue.

Harbhajan retweeted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s video of a student who lost one eye during Sunday’s violence at Jamia Millia Islamia, and said what is happening in Delhi needs to stop.

Harbhajan also requested everyone — including the police and authorities — to refrain from violence.

Not many cricketers have spoken out

Just a day before Harbhajan’s tweets, former India captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s 18-year-old daughter Sana had shared a post on Instagram Stories quoting Khushwant Singh’s novel The End of India to condemn the crackdown by the Narendra Modi government.

After a screenshot of the post went viral, Ganguly posted a tweet saying his daughter was “too young” to know anything about politics.

 


Also read: My daughter too young to know politics, says Ganguly after her anti-CAA post on Instagram


Harbhajan’s former India teammate Irfan Pathan had faced backlash for coming out in support of Jamia students last Sunday, following which he wrote an article explaining the intent of his tweet.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Akash Chopra had also spoken about the Jamia violence, calling it ‘deeply disturbing’.

Sports personalities, along with their Bollywood counterparts, have faced flak for their silence on the CAA, the protests against it, and the violence against students at Jamia and Aligarh Muslim University. Cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Jamia alumnus Virender Sehwag have been criticised for not speaking out.

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