SSP Awantipora inaugurates ‘Shaheed Farooq Memorial T20 Knockout Cricket Tournament’ in Pampore

Father of slain police officer expresses gratitude for remembering his son


PAMPORE: SSP Awantipora Ajaz Ahmad Zargar and the father of slain police officer Abdul Gani Mir jointly inaugurated Shaheed Farooq Memorial T-20 Knockout Cricket Tournament at Samboora Pampore area of Police district Awantipora on Saturday.

The SSP Awantipora was accompanied by SDPO Pampore, Mir Imtiyaz Ahmad, DySP DAR, Hilal Khaliq along with SHO Pampore Zahoor Ahmad, relatives of the slain police officer, Principal Govt Higher Secondary Samboora, Riyaz Ahmad and others. A large gathering of people was present who witnessed the opening ceremony and the inaugural match of the tournament.

SSP Awantipora interacted with the players of both teams while inaugurating T20 Cricket Tournament which has been organised by police district Awantipora in memory of slain Sub Inspector of Jammu & Kashmir Police Farooq Ahmad Mir, who was shot dead by militants on June 18 last year near his home in Samboora area of Pampore.

A total of 16 teams from Police District Awantipora are participating in the tournament, a police officer told Kashmir Reader, adding that the winning team will get a trophy and cash of Rs 25,000, while the runner-up team will get Rs 10,000 besides consolation prizes will be given to best performers.

The inaugural match of the tournament was played between Wuyan Stars and Samboora Warriors.

Talking to Kashmir Reader, Abdul Gani Mir, father of the slain police officer thanked SSP Awantipora, DySP Awantipora, SDPO Pampore and SHO for organising this tournament.

“My son was martyred and these police officers didn’t forget him. They kept his name alive by paying tribute to him by organising a cricket tournament in his memory,” he said.

Speaking on occasion, SSP Awantipora Ajaz Ahmad Zargar thanked Mir , DSP, SDPO and SHO for supporting him in organising the cricket tournament.

“This is for the first time in this particular area that I am seeing people in large numbers supporting the initiative taken by Jammu & Kashmir Police,” the SSP said, adding that the initiative by police will help in the constructive engagement of youth so that they remain away from negative forces.

He said that police will always try to provide a platform for youth to show their talent. Such initiatives will continue in the future, he said.

He said a cricket tournament and a road race are on cards. “Talent never goes waste and will reveal itself like Parvaiz Rasool and Umran Malik who played in the national cricket team,” he said.



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