CSK suspends team doctor for controversial tweet on Indo-China clash

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Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday suspended its team doctor Madhu Thottappillil for a social media post on the death of 20 Indian Army personnel during a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh on Monday.

Announcing the suspension on its official Twitter page, the CSK management said that the tweet made by Dr Madhu, who was with the team since the IPL’s inception, without their knowledge was in bad taste. The team is owned by former BCCI President N Srinivasan’s India Cements.

 “Chennai Super Kings regrets his tweet which was without the knowledge of the Management and in bad taste,” the CSK tweet said.

On Tuesday, after reports came in of Indian casualties during the violent face-off in Galwan Valley, Thottappillil had posted a tweet mocking the government. The tweet asking whether the coffins of deceased soldiers will come back with a “PM Cares” sticker on them was later deleted and protected his account.

His tweet was a reference to the recent tweets by several BJP leaders, who attached a picture of a ventilator with a 'PM Cares' sticker that indicated that the equipment was purchased using the fund from PM Cares.

After Madhu’s tweet in the evening, several Twitter users tagged Chennai Super Kings, demanding the team to explain Madhu’s tweet. They also demanded that he be sacked from his position in the IPL team.

A colonel was among the 20 Army personnel killed in the face-off on Monday night, the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La (with inputs from agencies)

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