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Harbhajan Singh knocks down former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for questioning lack of Muslim players in Team India

Recently, in a bizzare allegation, Bhatt questioned the lack of Muslim players in the Indian cricket team.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: October 24, 2017 13:45 IST ]
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Harbhajan Singh, who is known for his no-holds-barred approach both on and off the field, has once again shot down a bizarre allegation made by former high-profile IPS officer from Gujarat, Sanjiv Bhatt.

Bhatt, a 1988-batch IPS officer, is known for taking on the then Chief Minister and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Bhatt had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, claiming that he had attended a meeting at Modi's residence in Gandhinagar on February 27, 2002, during which the Chief Minister had instructed the top police officers to allow the Hindus "to vent out their anger" after the train-burning incident at Godhra earlier that month.

However, his claim was rejected by the apex-court appointed Special Investigation Team, which probe nine major incidents related to the post-Godhra riots.

Recently, in a bizarre allegation, Bhatt questioned the lack of Muslim players in the Indian cricket team.

Bhatt tweeted saying, "Are there any Muslim players in the Indian cricket team? From Independence till now, how many times has it happened that the Indian cricket team has not had a Muslim member? Have Muslims stopped playing cricket or have selectors started following someone else's rule?"

Bhatt's tweet riled up many, including offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who did enough to shut him down.

"Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians are all brothers. Every member of the Indian cricket team is an Indian and no one should question their colour or race," Harbhajan replied to him.

Interestingly, Bhatt's unnecessary tweet came a day before the the team selection for the upcoming New Zealand T20Is and the Test series against Sri Lanka.

Rookie fast bowler from Hyderabad, Mohammed Siraj, was named in the T20I squad and Mohammed Shami, who has been a preferred choice, has found his name in the Test team which will play Sri Lanka.

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