IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings have suspended their Team Doctor Madhu Thottappillil for his distasteful tweet on Indian martyrs. His response came after more than a dozen of Indian soldiers lost their lives in Galwan Valley of Ladakh.
In the worst clash between Indian Army and Chinese soldiers in over five decades, India lost 20 of its soldiers on Monday night. The Chinese side has also suffered heavy casualties of over 40 soldiers. The face-off took place while efforts to de-escalate the tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh were taking place.
As news started coming in of the violent scuffle that resulted in the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers, including a Commanding Officer (CO), reactions started pouring in from all quarters. But while most of the Indians were busy in paying tributes to the martyrs, Madhu Thottappillil decided to use the opportunity to take a dig at PM Narendra Modi.
He took to Twitter to use the martyrdom of the soldiers to express his political frustration, tweeting:
“Just curious if the coffins will come back with a “PM Cares’ sticker on them?
Unsurprisingly, he faced the flak for his distasteful tweet and Chennai Super Kings did not take long to take action. The IPL giants took to Twitter to confirm that the doctor has been suspended while also stating the team regrets the tweet.
“The Chennai Super Kings Management was not aware of the personal tweet of Dr. Madhu Thottappillil. He has been suspended from his position as the Team Doctor.
Chennai Super Kings regrets his tweet which was without the knowledge of the Management and in bad taste,” tweeted Chennai Super Kings.
The Chennai Super Kings Management was not aware of the personal tweet of Dr. Madhu Thottappillil. He has been suspended from his position as the Team Doctor.
Chennai Super Kings regrets his tweet which was without the knowledge of the Management and in bad taste.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) June 17, 2020