Former U-19 WC winning player Harmeet arrested

Former U-19 WC winning player Harmeet arrested

 Former Under-19 World Cup winning player Harmeet Singh’s career hit another road block when the left-arm spinner was arrested for driving his car on to the platform of the Andheri station on the Western Railway here on Monday morning and setting panic among commuters.

The 24-year-old cricketer drove his car on to platform No 1, which is at the level of the road and is mostly used for Andheri-Churchgate services. At that moment, it was packed with daily commuters and large number of students. The wide slope that connects to the platform is meant for wheel-chairs.

The incident took place between 7.15 to 7.30 am, and as soon as the car entered the platform there was a complete chaos. Initially, commuters confronted Harpreet who himself seemed puzzled when he found himself in the awkward position.

He was then taken to the police station, where he was booked under the provisions of the Railway Act. In the evening, he was granted bail by a Magistrate's court. His medical examination too was done.

This is the third incident of its kind at in recent months - in  November 2016, a man drove his car straight onto platform No. 6 of the Andheri station. Last year, a similar incident was reported from Virar station.

Harmeet was a part of India's Under-19 World Cup-winning squad in 2012 in Australia where his performance impressed Aussie great Ian Chappell who said the left-arm spinner was ready to play for India.

Harmeet, besides representing Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, also played for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2013. His name also cropped up during the spot-fixing scandal that year, but was eventually cleared by the court. He currently represents Jammu & Kashmir in the Ranji Trophy.

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