Manipur Footballer dies due to injuries suffered during Police firing
Rangers United SC striker Paulianmang passed away on the 31st of August as a result of injuries suffered during police firing. Paulianmang was protesting the passage of three new bills by the Manipur State Assembly.
Rangers United SC participate in the Churachandpur Super Division League, where Paulianmang was the top scorer last season. His goals were instrumental for the team as they managed a top four finish.
Paulianmang last played in an Open Football tournament called the Zogal Memorial Shield in June 2015. Last year had been a highly successful year for the player as he won the 67th Zomi Namni Football Tournament with Lenlai club in February this year.
The new set of bills that have been passed endanger the Tribal population in the state of Manipur. This incident comes a month after a student was accidently killed by a rubber bullet fired by the police. There were a number of strikes conducted by the people in order to get the government’s attention.
I-League player of the year, Jackichand Singh also talked about the various problems in the area stating, “After the last season I-League, I went home in Keikol where my mom and dad live. I took my three-year-old son Civic too. During the two-month period for which I stayed there, not even a single day could I let him go out and play. There is curfew everywhere. After a week, my son started telling me 'let's go back to Shillong, here you don't let me play'.”
Jackichand who stays in Keikol, which is approximately 12km from the state capital Imphal, said that the harsh treatment of the police usually turns the crowd angry. “What can you do, when the situation is like this? When I was a student even I went to protest rallies when I would return home from Army Boys Academy in Shillong, where I used to train. Now, I don't go to rallies. But if the police beat up people, they are bound to get angry,” Jackichand concluded.