KOLKATA & SRINAGAR: Veteran footballer and former Indian team captain Bhaichung Bhutia has offered to train surrendered Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Majid Irshad Khan at the Delhi campus of his Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBF Schools).
Tweeting a news article on Anantnag footballer Majid’s return after his mother’s call, Bhaichung wrote on Saturday afternoon, “I felt concerned reading this news and hence I have spoken to J&K Football Association president to reach out to him (Majid) and convey my offer that he can train with @BBFSchools in Delhi which will give him an opportunity at becoming a pro footballer. I hope #Majid accepts my offer.”
Bhaichung told The Sunday Standard, “It is an opportunity for him to train and return to mainstream society in this second chance. He might have not got that opportunity and platform in Kashmir. This opportunity will help him grow to be a professional player. Football is a sport that changes a lot of people’s lives and has the potential to direct the young generation towards the right direction. So, why not return from militancy towards a new life?”
Majid’s father Irshad Ahmad Khan welcomed Bhaichung’s offer. “Majid has to take the final decision,” Irshad told The Sunday Standard. “Majid that he can continue his studies while training in Bhaichung’s academy. He has won a lot of medals. We did not know he is such a good football player. We did not take it seriously when he used to come home with medals. We used to tell him that he has bought them from the market.”
Majid was the star player of the state before he crossed over to PoK and picked up arms for LeT to fight against Indian security forces. Majid surrendered on Friday after an appeal from his mother through social media to give up arms and return home.