I was treated like a terrorist, says Harmeet Singh
“Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise”, is the status message on Indian cricketer Harmeet Singh’s WhatsApp.
Harmeet Singh the 25-year-old former IPL player, who, earlier this month, drove his purple Hyundai car into platform no. 1 at Andheri Station, now wants to rise.
“As my status message suggests, I have started my training and now concentrating only on cricket”, he exclusively told Bipin Dani.
Except the car (MH 01 BK 9009) which is getting dust at the Railway Protection Force (RPF) station, the authorities have returned his mobile phone and other personal belongings that were seized at the time of the incident.
“We have also applied for the return of the car and the judge has given a March 10 date for hearing”, Hamreet’s father, Jasbir Singh, speaking exclusively, said.
“It was my genuine mistake when I did not notice the ramp and drove the car on the platform and when once it was realised, one of the coolies there mis-guided me to take it further and take turn to bring it down”. “But it was too late then and the people who gathered there obstructed my path”, Harmeet Singh adds.
“I was ready to pay the fine for my mistake but instead, was treated like a terrorist”.
Harmeet’s father also blamed railway for the incident.
“The magistrate did ask why there were no barriers and the railway authorities had no answer to it. Within 24 hours the barriers were then erected”, the father added.
To avoid media attention, Harmeet had not gone home for few days then and instead, preferred to stay at his sister’s house.
“Harmeet is a star in our family and we will fight our case in the court”, the father added.
Harmeet Singh has been driving the car since last seven years. He had not waited long for applying a driving license. The 1992-born Harmeet was passed the eligibility age of 18 years in September 2010 and within two months got the Driving License from RTO office (Andheri) on 11th November 2010. His D/L (no. MH02 20100152631) is valid till 10-11-2030.
Another Harmeet became anxious
The incident took another cricketer, having the same name more anxious in Punjab.
“Is there any newspaper in Mumbai with my picture on it ?”, Harmeet Singh Bansal, speaking exclusively over his mobile from Mohali, asked.
The 30-year old Harmeet Singh’s anxiety was understandable.
“When this lad (Harmeet Singh) was also in news for some other reasons, the people mistook it as if I was involved and my photograph was published”, he said.
In July 2013, the Indian cricket board had suspended Harmeet Singh pending spot-fixing investigations. However, he was relieved two months later.
“I have known Harmeet since the days when we were playing IPL together”, the Punjab’s Harmeet added.
Jodhpur-born Harmeet Singh, who played for Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab also owns a car in his city.