Amit Bhandari, the chairman of the DDCA senior selection committee, was on Monday assaulted by a group of unidentified men. After the investigation it was learnt Anuj Dheda, a U-23 aspirant and a disgruntled group of men assaulted the former Indian pacer for not selecting him in the state team. The incident happened during senior team game’s practice at St Stephen's ground. The team was practising for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019. Now, post this incident Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag not have raised their concerns but also have asked for stringent steps against the group of men. DDCA Mess: Delhi U-23 Aspirant Assaults Former India Pacer Amit Bhandari.
Each of them took to social media and said that the issue will not be brushed under the carpet. In fact, Gautam Gambhir even called for a life ban on the cricketer. Bhandari was rushed to Sant Paramanand Hospital at Civil Lines by his colleague Sukhvinder Singh. Check out the tweets below:
Disgusted to see this happen right in the heart of the Capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it doesn’t. To begin with I am calling for a life ban from all cricket for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection. https://t.co/RpS6fzTcNl
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 11, 2019
I can't believe this has happened to @Amitbhandari110 bhaiya. It is sad, shocking and cowardly. This needs urgent investigation and the strictest action should be taken against the culprits.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 11, 2019
The attack on Delhi selector Amit Bhandari for not picking a player is a new low and I am hopeful that stringent action will be taken against the culprit and adequate measures will be taken to avoid such incidents.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 11, 2019
DDCA president Rajat Sharma has told PTI that guilty will not be spared. "I have personally spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The guilty will not go unpunished. We will register an FIR," Sharma said. Rajat Sharma, who went to meet Bhandari at the hospital said, "He is very shaken and it is natural. The doctors have advised that he should be kept under observation for 24 hours as a precautionary measure." Bhandari was beaten up with hockey sticks and rods.