AMU panel initiates probe against Kashmiri scholar who ‘joined Hizbul’

The Aligarh police had sealed Mannan’s room in AMU’s Habib Hall on Monday after seizing some documents.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: January 11, 2018 8:27:14 am
aligarh muslim university, amu student, hizbul mujahideen, kashmir student, terror link, mannan basheer wani, kashmir research scholar missing, indian express According to Wani’s family, he was pursuing his PhD in applied geology at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

A two-member committee formed by Aligarh Muslim University V-C Professor Tariq Mansoor has initiated an inquiry into the conduct and activities of Kashmiri research scholar Mannan Bashir Wani, who was expelled on Monday after he appeared in a photograph on social media with a message claiming he has joined militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen.

AMU Public Relations Officer (PRO) Omar S Peerzada on Wednesday said that after Wani’s expulsion, the V-C set up an inquiry committee chaired by Professor Sayeedul Hasan Arif, who is provost of Hadi Hasan Hall, and Professor Kamlesh Chandra, who is provost of the Non-Resident Student’s Hall (NRSC) as a member.

Peerzada further said that the committee has been asked to prepare a report on Wani’s activities and submit a report within a week. Officiating Dean of Students’ Welfare (DSW) Professor Mohammad Saghir Khan, in a statement, said that provosts and wardens are making frequent rounds in the hostels till late hours.

“Students will only be allowed to enter halls after producing valid ID cards. No vehicle will be allowed to enter premises of the halls as students and staff have been asked to park their vehicles at designated places. All provosts are ensuring that only legal residents stay in the hall rooms and all CCTV cameras are in working condition. Students have also been asked to refrain from interacting with unauthorised persons,” Khan’s statement said.

The Aligarh police had sealed Mannan’s room in AMU’s Habib Hall on Monday after seizing some documents.
SP (North) of Aligarh, Atul Srivastava, had sent a letter to the university proctor on January 2, alerting him of criminal elements being sheltered in some of its hostels, followed by the arrest of four robbers who had allegedly confessed that they used to hide in two hostel rooms of the AMU after carrying out crimes in nearby areas.

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