Last year too, both clubs came together to fund Chakroborty’s treatment.

Why fans of bitter rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are uniting in Bengaluru
news Football Friday, June 17, 2016 - 18:08

In a rare display of camaraderie, fans of arch-rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in Bengaluru have come together for a noble cause.

On July 2, a friendly match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan fans will be held in Kicks on Grass, Bellandur to raise funds for an ailing, die-hard Mariners fan and the family of an East Bengal fan who died recently.

Bapi Majhi, a 41-year-old lifelong Mariner who owns a humble tea stall in North Kolkata, is battling for life against pancreatic cancer since February this year.

Majhi was often seen traveling with his wife and daughter to far-off venues all over the country like Kochi and Goa and is already a household name among the club faithful.

Alip Chakroborty (46), who was a regular in the stands for East Bengal, died on May 26 this year at a Kolkata hospital. He succumbed to tongue cancer and is survived by his wife and six-year-old son.  

This comes after 31 sports memorabilia contributed by the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly and Leander Paes were auctioned at a Kolkata hotel last week. That auction raised Rs 14 lakh for the cause.

Last year too, both clubs came together to fund Chakroborty‚Äôs treatment.