Srinagar: Contrary to the claims of the Jammu and Kashmir Police that youth are giving up arms and returning to the mainstream, a research scholar of Aligarh Muslim University has joined the Hizbul Mujhhideen.
Mannan Bashir Wani’s picture holding an AK-47 went viral on social media on Sunday.
Wani had been studying at the Aligarh Muslim University’s department of Geology for four-five years and had chosen to specialise in Applied Geology. The scholar said to be in his mid-twenties – enrolled in the university’s Ph.D. programme, had last year won accolades for his paper on flood risk assessment in his home town in north Kashmir using remote sensing and GIS techniques.
Many, including his friends are surprised with the decision he has taken.
One wrote on social media how he had always expected Mannan Wani to make it to civil services. Another wrote while referring to his paper that had won him the first prize at an international conference in Bhopal in 2016.
Wani had left AMU in Uttar Pradesh a few days back and reached Delhi. He was said to be on his way home in Kupwara district’s Lolab Valley where his family lives. He should have been home three days back
Reports said his family filed a missing report after his photograph with the assault rifle emerged declaring that he had joined the militant outfit.