Eight young players from violence-hit Manipur sweating it out in Una

Thousands of kilometers from their homes in Himachal Pradesh’s Una district, young football players are sweating it out in the ongoing caste violence in Manipur.

  On the other hand, their relatives are forced to leave their homes and live in the forests due to violence.  They are learning the finer points of the game of football at the Himalayan Football Club.  

1700 houses have been burnt in the caste violence in Manipur.  There are 11 affected districts including Imphal West, Bishnupur, Churachandpur and Jiribam.  

Life is back on track in many places in the violence-hit state.  At least 60 people were killed and over 30,000 were rendered homeless in violence in Manipur last week.  Of the 30,000 displaced people, 26,000 have been evacuated from the violence-hit districts to safer places, while 4,000 have taken shelter in relief camps set up near their homes.  

Several extremist organizations are suspected to be involved in the caste violence in Manipur over the demand of Scheduled Tribe status by the majority Meitei community. 

The players, who are training in the district, have made a passionate appeal to end the violence in Manipur.

  He has given a call to give up violence and follow the path of peace while giving concern for his better future with a full heart.  Expressing concern for their displaced families, the young players appealed for peace.  ..

These players said that it is not possible to solve any issue through violence.  People should maintain peace and harmony.  Manipur state is a developing state, its people are quite simple and peace loving. 

 For the future of the state and the coming children, people should shun violence and choose the path of progress.  So that the welfare of all the communities can be done.  Stephen Cook said that if we were there, we might not be alive today.  Many players got emotional while narrating their story.

 These players are taking training

 About a dozen players from Manipur are receiving training at the Himalayan Football Club, Kinnaur. 

 Violence-hit Manipur includes Soilunthang Vaifei, Longenjoy Vaifei, Jangthangou Vaifei, Lamginmon Mate, Stephen Kuki, Thangrukhum Vaifei, Mangremoi Vaifei, Sopem Myuinao, Hoanlian Vaifei.  The economic condition of most of these players is very pathetic.  

Some players had gone to Manipur a few days ago, who are stuck there due to the violence.

 Himalayan FC Kinnaur coach Rajneesh Chhetri is also from Manipur.  He is training his players without any fear of discrimination. 

 He is training all the players without any discrimination.  Chhetri says that people should shun the path of violence and establish peace for the better future of the children.

 The chief minister is also a former footballer. Manipur Chief Minister N.  Biren Singh himself has been a footballer.  He has initiated many works for the development of football game in Manipur.  

Recently, the prestigious Santosh Trophy matches of football have been organized in Imphal, Manipur.  Apart from host Manipur, teams from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Chandigarh and Lakshadweep states participated.

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