A football tournament was held at the Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) in memory of Kashmiri student Aamir Nazir Latoo who was killed by Indian forces last year.
Aamir, a third semester M.Com student, was shot by forces on July 11 outside his home at Ahangar Moholla in Bijbehera area of Anantnag district. He succumbed to his injuries during the night at a Srinagar hospital, becoming the 32nd victim of forces’ action in three days following the death of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
According to media reports, Aamir had come home to celebrate Eid with his family.
“Paying tributes to Aamir, fellow students at AMU described him as a modest human being and passionate about the Kashmir resistance movement,” according to a statement.
16 teams participated in the tournament which was held from February 10 to 14. The final was played between Sangarmaal Warriors and Bijbehara Challengers and won by the latter.
Some of the other teams were named Bungus Gladiators, Pir Panchal FC, Kashmir United, Kashmir Riders, Palhalan Warriors and Mazloom Koshur.
“Although the participants were not well versed with football, they showed a great zeal and zest during the whole tournament. The trophies were given to winner and runner up teams in addition to medals to the players of both teams,” the statement said.
Special mementos were given to Man of the Match Afaq Ahmad and Man of the Tournament Zahid Ahmad. More than 300 students from J&K along with some other students of AMU were present during the final match of the tournament.
“J&K students have been organizing a cricket tournament for past 15 years in memory of Abul Rouf, a Ph.D scholar at department of Arabic at AMU hailing from Sopore who was killed by Army when he was on his way to home from Aligarh on December 25, 2000,” the statement said.
Students who organized the Aamir Memorial Football Tournament said the event “will be held every year with same zeal.”