Kanpur: A senior police official was forced to tender apology after assaulting a die-hard Sachin fan at Green Park Stadium on Sunday.
Sudhir Kumar Gautam, a native of Muzaffarpur Bihar, was thrashed by the police when he tried to shake hands with his 'idol' during Indian team's practice session on Sunday evening. His his body was painted in tri-colours and he had a national flag in his hand. The die-hard Sachin fan was kicked and dragged by policemen including a senior official.
Tendulkar felt sympathy for the man and he himself came to the rescue of his fan when he was told that the fan was being thrashed by police. He reported the whole incident to IG GL Meena and also asked him to inform him of the action taken on guilty policemen.
Gautam, a cricket buff, came to Kanpur by cycling all the way from his home town Muzaffarpur.
Gautam said that he had been following Tendulkar since 2003 and the Master Blaster had always given him entry passes so that he could cheer the members of the Indian team. "This has happened with me for the first time," he said in a choked voice
IG GL Meena said that the concerned officer did not know whether the person was known to Tendulkar and he had tendered an apology in this regard.