AMU Research Scholar Mannan Wani Joins Hizbul Mujahideen Militant Group

| January 8 , 2018 , 10:07 IST

A promising research scholar at the renowned Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has reportedly joined the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group. Mannan Wani, belonging to Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, posted a photograph on social media of himself holding an AK-47 rifle, saying that he joined Hizbul Mujahideen on January 5.

According to reports, the 26-year-old was pursuing a PhD in applied geology from AMU, with a focus on ‘Structural and Geo-Morphological Study of Lolab Valley, Kashmir’. He was an exceptional student, receiving an award at for the best paper presented at an international conference on ‘Water, Environment, Ecology and Society’ in 2016.

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Wani's brother Mubashir Ahmad, said that Wani left home for Aligarh a month ago, but they lost contact with him after January 4, and came to know about the rumours of him joining militancy from social media.

“All this time, we thought he was in Aligarh. He would talk to us regularly. We don’t have any idea where he is,” Ahmad said to Indian Express.

“We have also seen the picture on social networking sites. But we have no idea (whether he has joined militants or not). We lost contact with him on January 4 as his phone was switched off. We thought he had switched it off for some reason or lost it. As we couldn’t contact him, we lodged a missing report with police on Saturday,” he added.

Mannan Wani joining Hizbul Mujahideen comes as a blow to the government's attempts to prevent radicalisation of youths and increasing ranks of militant groups.