Punjab’s tallest cop wins Americans’ hearts with daredevilry || SNE
By TIME OF INDIA .
Jun 10, 2019
AMRITSAR: With their power-packed acts of valour and physical endurance, Jagdeep Singh and his colleague Kanwaljit Singh have not just moved a step closer to the finale of America’s Got Talent (AGT) but already won the hearts of Americans who saw the bearded and turban sporting Indian youths’ spirited acts in real and not reel world, even though the event was recorded in a Hollywood studio.
Jagdeep, who claims to be the tallest cop in Punjab police, has just returned from the USA after his “Bir Khalsa Group” participated in the first round of AGT and is now preparing for the second round to be held in August.
In their daring act, Jagdeep lies down on the stage with legs and hands splayed and group’s manager Karamjit Singh places five coconuts between his legs and about 24 around his body and three water melons near his head. Kanwaljit, who was blindfolded with a black cloth tied on his eyes, smashed coconuts and melons one by one with a heavy iron hammer, leaving both audience and AGT judges flabbergasted.
“After the act, everyone was curious to meet me, have selfie with me and shake hands with me. They wanted to know about my turban, my shoe size and…it was an amazing experience,” said an excited Jagdeep while talking to TOI on Friday.
He said he was happy to break the myth among majority of Americans he met that turbaned persons with free-flowing beard were only Muslims. “Sikhs came under hate attack in America and in many other countries due to their resemblance with Muslims, but now they (Americans) know that we are Sikhs and I hope they will now be able to differentiate between Sikhs and Muslims,” he said.
Thirty-six-year-old, 7 feet and six inches tall Jagdeep, who weighs 190 kilogram and wears size 20 shoes, is a head constable in the Punjab Armed Police.
He said he could never forget the standing ovation by Simon Cowell, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel – the four AGT judges – after nearly 2.5 minutes of performance. “This was a moment of pride not only for us but also for those Sikhs who have proved their mettle in the international arena, “ he said.
He informed that the group was now preparing for the second round which would be held in August. “We hope to make history which will be dedicated to the Sikh community,” he added.