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Mass resignations in DSA over Mika show

Hailakandi, April 18: The District Sports Association (DSA), Silchar, has run into trouble with the resignation of 17 office-bearers, including three vice-presidents, over the associationís decision to allow Satindra Mohan Dev Stadium ground for a musical show by singer Mika Singh on April 21.

Those who have submitted their resignation directly to the association president include vice- presidents Bijon Paul Choudhury, Amalendu Dey and Prashanta Kumar Bose. Football secretary Ashit Dhar, assistant general secretary Bikash Das, governing body members Mrinal Kanti Roy, Atanu Choudhury, Jahar Paul and Subodh Ghosh, referee board secretary Nandadulal Roy and assistant secretary Tapan Das, member of physio and cultural section Ajoy Chakraborty, members of stadium section Sithil Dhar and Manik Paul Choudhury, indoor sports secretary Pritwish Paul, balls secretary Atanu Bhattacharjee and swimming secretary Ashutosh Roy have also put in their papers.

All of them have expressed serious concern over the leasing of the ground for a musical show on April 21 just ahead of the much-awaited Mohan Bagan-Shillong Lajong Football Clubís Friendship Cup match on May 1, sources in the association said.

Their view is that the stadium ground will be damaged and they will be left with very little time to repair it before the match.

They also fear that the possible damage could lead to players getting injured.

They have also mentioned in their resignation that the matter of leasing out the ground was discussed in the governing body meeting on March 14 but the date was not announced in the meeting and they thought that the show would be organised after May 1. Mentioning this in the letter they said they will not allow the musical show at the ground before Mohan Bagan-Shillong Lajong match, the sources added.

They have requested the DSA president to accept their resignations if the association does not review its decision.

The president of the association, Badal Dey, confirmed the receipt of the letter from the 17 members but was tightlipped over the course of action.

General secretary Babul Hore said he has got the information and the matter would be discussed with the members tomorrow.

He added that the ground was leased out on the basis of discussion in the governing body meeting and a resolution was also taken in this regard.