Phone call takes life of a young cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir

Nayeem young cricketer

MUMBAI: Zahoor Qadir Bhatt, the elder brother of Nayeem, the 18-year-old young cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir, who was shot dead on Tuesday, will never forget the phone call he made before the incident.

“The phone call proved to be unfortunate and fatal”, he said over telephone on Wednesday evening.

“My youngest brother (Nayeem) was at home when the girl here was molested. I was at the spot with other youths. I had no camera with me and I called up Nayeem to bring his smart-phone so as to enable us to take the video of the incident and unfortunately he lost his life in the firing”.

The incident happened on Tuesday when the army reportedly opened fire in air to disperse a stone-pelting youths targeting them in Handwara – a town a couple of hours northwest of Srinagar – over the alleged molestation of a schoolgirl by a member of the security personnel present in the area.

“Naeem was a promising young cricketer. He was a captain (all rounder, opening batsman and a fast bowler) in the college and was first wait-listed for the State Level Under-19 team”.

“He has played the game with Pervez Rasool and both were friends”.

“He was youngest in the six siblings. My father (Qadir), a retired Public Health Engineer and mother (Subapa) are inconsolable”.

The girl is reported to have denied the molestation charges. However, the brother claims to have enough evidence of the molestation by the army man. “We have a witness. The girl’s family members are retained at the police station (for protection purpose). The youths have threatened the family to burn their house for wrongly denying the charges”, the brother signed.


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