Slain Cricketer’s family gets admission call from Dehradun


SRINAGAR: Family of Nayeem Qadir Bhat, the 19-year-old cricketer who was killed in forces firing in Handwara on April 12, received another shock when the Dehradun College administrators called them on Tuesday to inform that their son has got admission in the college.
Nayeem had applied to study BSc Forestry in Dehradun College on April 10, two days before he was killed in Handwara town after protests erupted over the alleged molestation of a school girl. 
Nayeem was set to leave for Dehradun on April 16.
“We got a call from the Dehradun College to inform us that Nayeem has been selected to study BSc forestry in the college. But we informed them that he was killed on April 12,” Zahoor Ahmad Bhat, brother of Nayeem told KNS.
“The caller was shocked when after I informed him that Nayeem was killed in police firing here,” he said.
On receiving the information from the college, Zahoor said that all the family members shocked again. “It was another doomsday for us. The same call from the college would have made us happy had Nayeem been alive. But it was another shock for us, especially for our parents,” he said.
Nayeem, the 19-year-old cricketer, called by his friends as ‘Gavaskar’ for his bating skills, was selected for All India level coaching camp for cricket three years ago.
He was a first year student in Government Degree College Handwara, had shown extra-ordinary performance in the state level under-19 cricket competition.
A resident of Banday Mohalla, Handwara, Nayeem was the first cricketer selected for under-19 cricket coaching camp from district Kupwara.
Nayeem, who played for ‘Star Eleven’ Handwara, would scare bowlers in the opposite teams.

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