Aiming at bringing Hindus and Muslims together after the recent communal violence in Khargone, the local police have taken a noble initiative by holding a cricket tournament to bring the two communities together.
Khargone police officials said that the idea came to them during a peace committee meeting, where village elders told them that they were keen for promote peace and communal harmony by engaging the youth in the peace initiatives.
"We sought everyone's opinion and finally we decided to have cricket tournament in which teams from the affected town and beighbouring villages would participate", said a police official in Nimrani.
Last month, Nimrani, a small town located on the Agra-Mumbai national highway in Khargone district, about 328km southwest from Bhopal had witnessed communal clashes.
"Our only condition was that each team should have a mix of Hindu and Muslim youths, so that they all play together and the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie gets developed,” said Khargone superintendent of police (SP) Amit Singh.
"The youths are excited with the proposal. The police are hosting the tournament. The teams will play matches in Nimrani and the winner would be given a cash award of Rs.10,000. The team that comes second would get Rs 5,000."
"When youths will play and interact, they will get to know each other better and this will help strengthen the bond among the youngsters," he said.
The SP said that there will be two pools and eight teams would participate in the three-day tournament, which kicks off from Monday.