Several Punjab leaders come in support
CHANDIGARH- Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh has been heavily criticised on social media since his dropped catch in Sunday’s Asia Cup 2022 encounter against Pakistan.
The constant trolling has led to several Punjab leaders including Rajya Sabha MP Harbhajan Singh, a former cricketer, Monday came out in support of fast bowler Arshdeep Singh who is facing brutal social media trolls for dropping a catch in an India-Pakistan match in Dubai.
Pakistan won the Super 4 Asia Cup encounter on Sunday by five wickets.
AAP MP Raghav Chadha, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer and BJP leader Manjinder Sirsa also backed the 23-year-old fast bowler.
Ex-cricketer and Aam Aadmi Party MP Harbhajan Singh slammed those saying “cheap things” about Arshdeep.
“Stop criticising young @arshdeepsinghh,” he tweeted. “No one drops the catch purposely..we are proud of our boys .. Pakistan played better.. shame on such people who r putting our own guys down by saying cheap things on this platform bout arsh and team.. Arsh is GOLD.”
Chadha also said the kind of hate Arshdeep was being subjected to is appalling.
Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer said Arshdeep is a future of the nation.
He spoke to Arshdeep’s mother Baljit Kaur on the phone and told her that Punjab and the whole country was with him.
Former CM Amarinder Singh said it was unfortunate that Arshdeep was being mocked over dropping the catch.
BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa also slammed those who targeted Arshdeep and called him a ‘Khalistani’.
Ministry Summons Wikipedia Officials Over Arshdeep
The Indian government on Monday slammed Wikipedia for publishing false information on cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s page that linked him to the separatist Khalistani movement, saying such incitement cannot be permitted.
After the missed catch, information on his Wikipedia page was changed to link him to the separatist Khalistani movement.
Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar took to Twitter to slam such a move.
“No intermediary operating in India can permit this type of misinformation (a)n(d) deliberate efforts to incitement (a)n(d) user harm – violates our govts expectations of safe and trusted internet,” he said.
It was also said the Ministry of Electronics and IT has summoned executives from Wikipedia to explain the false post but officials denied any such move.
According to the edit history of the cricketer’s Wikipedia page, an unregistered user replaced the words “India” with “Khalistan” at several places on the profile and his name was changed to “Major Arshdeep Singh Bajwa”. But the changes were reversed within 15 minutes by Wikipedia editors.
The slanderous linking of him to the Khalistani movement was said to have been done by elements in Pakistan.
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