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).
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.”
Official sources told news agency that the student namely Manaan Wani (26) son of Bashir Ahmad Wani, a resident of Takipora village in Lolab, Kupwara, was scheduled to return on home three days ago. He was pursuing his PhD in Geology at Algarh Muslim University. However, he didn’t report back to home, the sources said.
From last five years he was in Aligarh University and completed his MPhil.
Two days later a picture of him wielding the rifle was uploaded on Facebook announcing that he had joined “Hizb” on January 5.
“The police have registered a case after a missing report was submitted by his family today,” a police officer said, adding that they have taken cognizance of the matter.
“We are investigating the case of the Phd student who left his studies to become a militant and his photograph holding an AK assault rifle was doing rounds on social media”, the officer said.
The police was trying to ascertain how the student left his studies to join the militant group, the officer said.
Local sources said that Mannan belongs to a well of family as his father is a Lecturer and brother is a Junior Engineer.
Wani had schooling up to 10th class from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Lolab.
Meanwhile, photos of another youth namely Asif Ahmad Wagay are also doing rounds on social media. However, it could not be established to which outfit Wagay has joined.