manan waniSRINAGAR: Mannan Bashir Wani, an AMU research scholar from Kupwara of Jammu and Kashmir is in news for allegedly joining militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.

Mannan Bashir Wani, an AMU research scholar from Kupwara of Jammu and Kashmir is in news for joining militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. A photograph of him has appeared on the social media in which he is seen holding an under barrel grenade launcher and with a message declaring that he has joined the militancy. The photograph that appeared on Facebook and Whatsapp says Mannan had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen on January 5.

Mannan is the son of Bashir Ahmad Wani. The Indian Express today reported his family as saying that Mannan was pursuing his PhD in applied geology at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Mannan’s brother Mubashir Ahmad, who is a junior engineer, told IE that his family has seen the photograph but they have no idea if he has joined Hizbul. Mubashir said Mannan’s phone has been switched off from January 4 and the family has lost all contacts with him. The family also lodged a missing report with the police on Saturday last.

“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,” Mubashir told IE.

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Meanwhile, no comment has come from the prestigious AMU located in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. The official website of the university says that 26-year-old Mannan was pursuing a PhD on ‘Structural and Geo-Morphological Study of Lolab Valley, Kashmir’. Mannan had also received an award for the best paper presented at an international conference on ‘Water, Environment, Ecology and Society’ in 2016, according to the AMU website.

“Mr Mannan Bashir Wani, Research Scholar at Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University has been awarded the ‘Best Paper Presentation Award’ in an International Conference on ‘Water, Environment, Energy and Society’ (ICWEES) held at AISECT University, Bhopal.The award was conferred to Mr Wani for his paper ‘Flood Risk Assessment of Lolab Valley from Watershed Analysis Using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques’,” says AMU Website.

“Around 400 delegates from 20 different countries including the USA, Austria, Australia, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, Iran, Italy, UK, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, Singapore, Kuwait, Tunisia, Malaysia, West Indies, Brazil and Yemen had participated in the Conference to present their research papers,” it adds.

Mannan had enrolled in AMU after successfully completing Bachelors in Geology and Earth Sciences from the University of Kashmir. He had also completed his Master’s and MPhil in Geology from AMU.

Mubashir told IE that Mannan had left home for Aligarh around a month ago. Since then, the family thought that Mannan was in Aligarh. Mannan also used to talk to the family regularly. “All this time, we thought he was in Aligarh. He would talk to us regularly. We don’t have any idea where he is,” Mubashir was quoted as saying. Sources also told IE that Mannan was active during recent student union elections at AMU and he has also apparently written articles on student politics on an online portal – Mannan’s profile on the site describes him as an AMU research scholar who is a “student activist having interest in geopolitics and Islamic revivalist movements”.

Meanwhile, according to an India Today report, Kupwara police have expressed caution and said there is no confirmation as yet on whether Mannan joined militancy or not. IG of Kashmir told India Today that Mannan’s photograph may have been photoshopped. Police also said that they are also trying to locate the research scholar, whose last known location was Delhi.

According to NDTV, Mannan had left AMU a few days back and reached Delhi. He was reportedly on his way back home in Kupwara and he should have reached home three days back.
By: FE

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