Nayeem Qadir Bhat, who was killed in Handwara town today in army firing was a cricket buff, and was selected for All India level coaching camp for cricket three years ago.
Nayeem Qadir Bhat, who 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, is recalled by his friends as a talented batsman, whose presence in the team would scare bowlers in the opposite teams.
"While army and forces are promoting sports and cricket activities in Kupwara district under 'Sadhbhavna', at the same time they are killing youth here. Nayeem's killing is a fresh case. He was a cricket buff. But his journey was cut short by forces," said Waseem Ahmad, a child hood friend of Nayeem.