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News of turbanator's appointment as SSP turns out to be a hoax

Rajeev Bhaskar, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, March 09, 2013
First Published: 16:20 IST(9/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:47 IST(9/3/2013)

The news regarding appointment of cricketer Harbhajan Singh as senior superintendent of police (SSP), Barnala, which went viral on Friday, turned out to be a hoax.


Harbhajan Singh confirmed Hindustan Times that he had not joined the Punjab Police.

A national vernacular daily published a news that cricketer Harbhajan Singh has been appointed as senior superintendent of police (SSP), Barnala after which mediapersons started enquiring his family about it.

Several TV reporters along with cameramen reached Bhajji's house in Chhoti Baradari area, where his mother expressed unawareness of any such development and said that she has not spoken to Harbhajan on this as he is busy preparing for third test match against Australia in SAS Nagar.

The anxiety of mediapersons further strengthened when a local vernacular evening newspapers also made the Bhajji's appointment as SSP as a leady story.

The published news report even quoted Harbhajan as confirming his appointment and thanking the almighty for his blessings.

During investigation, HT unearthed that Bhajji had made two tweets along with his photographs in Police uniform was the source of the news.
On Saturday afternoon, Harbhajan posted two tweets.

The first of which stated 'At your service guys' and the second said 'First Day at Office'.  Both the tweets carried links to his almost similar photographs, posing in a perfect turbaned police official.

When contacted by HT, Harbhajan termed the news as 'fake' and said that he had posed as a police official for a movie and posted his photographs on twitter.

“I did not even join the Punjab Police, so no question of joining directly as SSP arises”, Bhajji said while laughing.

It is pertinent to mention here that Bhajji recently launched his own production house “B&M” and announced that very soon he would release two of his Punjabi movies.

The photographs posing as police official, is from the scene of his upcoming Punjabi movie.

Although, Punjab government had offered him the post of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) after his outstanding performance against Australia in 2002, when he took 10 ten wickets, but the cricket preferred to stuck to his job profile in India and refused the offer for DSP.

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