Daily fights arising out of differences in opinion had become commonplace in the four buildings of Rambhoot colony,Currey Road. At times,these fights ended in police complaints. When all efforts to pacify the warring groups failed,a group of young men from the middle-class Mhada colony came up with an idea that would eventually bring the society members together.
Bharat Suvare (25),who works as a security officer with a firm,and his friends decided to start a cricket tournament along the lines of the Indian Premier League. The response was overwhelming. Twelve teams were formed in no time, he said.
Eventually,the groups,which had filed complaints and cross- complaints over petty issues which even landed some behind bars,decided to participate in the sport.
Ours is a big colony with over a thousand families. The differences were so evident that they affected the daily functioning of the society. During festive seasons,it was not time for fun and frolic,as it would only serve to bring problems to the fore. Each building had its own mandal to prove a point, said Suvare.
After the initial trouble,some boys slowly joined the cricket team,says 28-year-old Jayesh Teli. The message was simple. We wanted to put an end to the conflict once and for all, Teli said. He said the match,played over five days,resulted in resolving the issues and gave everyone a sense of team-work.
Since then,of the four criminal cases pending in court,two are being withdrawn. After all,that is what we hoped for, Suvare said.
The match was played at a nearby ground. It also helped the group raise money,which Suvare says was donated to an organisation in Badlapur working for handicapped children.