Kashmir research scholar ‘joins Hizbul’, family says lost contact after new year

Wani’s brother said his brother left home for Aligarh a month ago. “All this time, we thought he was in Aligarh. He would talk to us regularly. We don’t have any idea where he is,” he said.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: January 8, 2018 6:52 am
According to Wani’s family, he was pursuing his PhD in applied geology at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

A research scholar from Kupwara in J&K has appeared in a photograph posted on social media holding an under barrel grenade launcher, with a message claiming that he has joined the militancy. Mannan Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani, joined the Hizbul Mujahideen on January 5, states the message along with the photograph that appeared on Facebook and WhatsApp.

According to Wani’s family, he was pursuing his PhD in applied geology at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Speaking to The Indian Express, Wani’s brother, Mubashir Ahmad, a junior engineer, said: “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.”

Officials at AMU could not be contacted for comment but the university’s official website states that Wani, 26, was pursuing a PhD on ‘Structural and Geo-Morphological Study of Lolab Valley, Kashmir’. According to the website, he received an award for the best paper presented at an international conference on ‘Water, Environment, Ecology and Society’ in 2016. It states that he enrolled in AMU after doing his Bachelor’s in Geology and Earth Sciences from the University of Kashmir. He completed his Master’s and MPhil in Geology from AMU, it says.

Wani’s brother said his brother left home for Aligarh a month ago. “All this time, we thought he was in Aligarh. He would talk to us regularly. We don’t have any idea where he is,” he said. SSP Kupwara Shamsheer Khan did not respond to requests from The Indian Express seeking comment. But sources said Wani was active during the recent student elections at the university.

He had also apparently penned several articles on student politics on an online portal, thecompanion.com. Wani’s biographical sketch on the portal describes him as a research scholar at AMU who is a “student activist having interest in geopolitics and Islamic revivalist movements”.

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  1. Shama Khan
    Jan 9, 2018 at 2:16 am
    Secession is just a vague phantom riverie which prods kashmiris now and then......... the essential problem is the pervasive lawlessness which creates a morbid and poignant state of existence to which almost every person of this country (sans Kashmiris) is oblivious,,,,, this obliviousness is vividly reflected and ratified by the unanimous prejudicial tone in the commentary of wannabe-patriots..................
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    1. Prasanta Chandra Dash
      Jan 8, 2018 at 10:33 am
      Such thing has been happening around the world for quite some tine, for more than a decade. Muslim Professional joining terrorist groups is quite common now a days. The nation is at loss because it has funded for educating such people from tax payers hard earned money.
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      1. Factfully Indian
        Jan 8, 2018 at 10:15 am
        It us a choice some people make to take up to radicalism and is quiet prominentky seen among Muslims. The way Islam has been MADE INTO now a days it is easily able to indoctrinate weak minded people into jihadi mentality by showing them videos of attrocirlties against Muslims... Now this us a blatant lie. It was Mughals who were the perpetrators of mass genocide in the name of jihad. Violence is an integral part of Islam as their own prophet was brutally decapitated by folliwers of Islam.even kids are desenitized towards killing and bloodshed right from early childhood. They forget that religion is for personal spiritual upliftment and make it a public affairs including governance...this fellow has made a choice and will face consequences accordingly.
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        1. Ranjit Mishra
          Jan 8, 2018 at 10:14 am
          He must be eliminated ASAP. A brainy gun is very dangerous. AMU was established so that Muslims could learn higher education in English, but it has lost its relevance now. AMU and JNU are the breeding ground of anti-national elements now.
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          1. Umesh Shende
            Jan 8, 2018 at 10:08 am
            Don't worry Indian army will help him to complete his PhD by putting bullet in his ass.
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