Remembering Amir Latoo: AMU Students from J&K organise Football Tournament

He was shot by forces on July 11 during 2016 uprising.

Srinagar | Feb 14: Students from Jammu and Kashmir studying at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) organised a football tournament in memory of Aamir Nazir Latoo.

Hailing from Ahangar Moholla, Bijbehera in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Aamir Nazir Latoo was pursuing his post-graduation (M.Com) at AMU and was in 3rd semester when he was shot by forces on July 11 during the uprising of 2016. And on the next day he succumbed to his injuries at SMHS Srinagar.

Aamir had sustained bullet injuries in abdomen which resulted in damage to his internal organs, and his liver and kidney were ruptured.

Paying rich tributes to Aamir, the fellow natives at AMU described him modest and passionate about Kashmir resistance movement. The tournament started on 10th of February 2017 in which total of 16 teams participated from different halls of residence at AMU.

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All the teams had a Kashmiri touch in their names like Bungus Gladiators, Pir Panchal FC, Kashmir United, Kashmir Riders, palhalan Warriors, mazloom Koshur etc etc. Although the participants were not well versed with football, but they showed a great zeal and zest during the whole tournament. The final match of the tournament was played between Sangarmaal Warriors and Bijbehara Challengers on 14th of February in which Bijbehara Challengers  emerged victorious.

According to a report, the trophies were given to winner and runner up teams in addition to medals to the players of both teams. Also, special mementoes 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.

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It is pertinent to mention that students from J&K also organise a cricket tournament played every year for last 15 years in the memory of Ab 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 25th December 2000.

The students who organized Aamir Memorial Football Tournament said that this was an initiative aimed to remember their fellow Alig and a fellow Kashmiri and in no way was meant for entertainment because it is one of the best ways to remember their brother and carry his love in their hearts.  This event will be held every year with same zeal, they added. In the end special prayers were held in favour of Aamir Latoo.

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