Yaseen Shabaz Malik
Jehangir a class 12th student from Tengpora Pattan of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district died when a cricket ball hit on his neck while playing a cricket match in South Kashmir’s Anantnag District.
Jehangir (18) living in impoverished house in a small village with his family.
Jahangir’s ambition didn’t go beyond the work in paddy fields as farmer like his father,he studied and wanted to become a doctor but his dream remained unfulfilled for his poor family.
Jahangir have good records in academics despite poor background of family,his dream to be a doctor and wanted to be able to help poor people of the village remains shattered .
“Jehangir bat first for his team and was playing exceptionally well but unfortunately when he tried to play a pull shot in sixth over the ball struck on his neck and he felt unconscious on ground ” said his team mate.
” We immediately rushed towards the spot and take him to nearby hospital Pattan where doctors declared him brought dead” he adds.
A pall of gloom descends on villagers when his deadbody reached his ancestral village, jahangir was the 4th younger brother among his siblings. All three brothers fainted and were unconscious in a tent when the news of death of their brother reached their home in the evening.
His brother Azad ahmad while crying said loudly that “O Jahangir where have you gone, we wished to see you a doctor of our village”.
Jehangir had left home four days ago to attend a cricket tournament organised by Government’s Youth Services and Sports department in South Kashmir, Yesterday he called me and said i just missed my century, i made 67 runs for the team and we at home felt happy but today i received another call, the call left me shiver down spine that he is no more” said his father Farooq ahmad war in tearful eyes.
A small neighbour girl was crying continuously and lulling herself “Myaani Nanno Benni Ha Lajeii Ballaiii, Benni Ha Chey Praaraan, Cxi Koutt Govukh” (O my brother where have you gone, I am waiting,i will sacrifice for you) while others are waiting for the body of Jahangir.
“Take me to the place, i want to see what reward he had got from the match” said her relative while crying copiously in corner of a room at his home.
“I have seen a lot of hard working people in our village, they either work in the paddy fields or in the construction sites mostly are illiterate but Jahangir was hard working and passionate about his studies and was a good cricket player of our village”said a local resident Javid ahmad.
“He was religious and decent boy of our village, during the call of the prayer(Azaan) he would off his cricket and would take everybody to offer the Namaz ” said his cricketmate Adil ahmad.
Besides this he was a generous boy of our village he adds.
“i still remember he was studying under the light of a kerosene lamp whenever our village was witnessing power cuts ” he adds.
Despite rains his funeral prayer was attended by hundreds of people and he was buried in the native village’s graveyard.
As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Jahangir’s family at this incredibly sad time said his other cricket mates in a tent at his residence tengpora.
Meanwhile Governor in a condolence message expresses grief over the death of young cricketer and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the deceased family.