Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is a Kashmiri separatist militant organization founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar which has been designated as a terrorist group by India. As this is a terrorist group then why a scholar from Kashmir will join this group?
But, an AMU research scholar from Kupwara, Jammu, and Kashmir has joined this militant group. The scholar is named Mannan Bashir Wani and a photo of him holding an under barrel grenade launcher showing a message to join the militant group is circulating on the social media. He has become militant on January 5.
The family of Wani headed by his father Bashir Ahmad Wani told to The Indian Express today, Mannan was pursuing Ph.D. in applied geology at Aligarh Muslim University. They have seen the photograph of Mannan but have no clue about it. Mubashir, the younger brother of Mannan 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.”
However, AMU has not released any statement till date. About Mannan, the official website of AMU says Mannan was pursuing a Ph.D. on Structural and Geo-Morphological Study of Lolab Valley, Kashmir.
“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’,” written on the official website of AMU.
“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, Western Indies, Brazil, and Yemen had participated in the Conference to present their research papers,” the website further informs.
About the scholar of Ph.D., his brother Mubashir told to Indian Express that, All this time(one month when he left home for AMU), we thought he was in Aligarh. He would talk to us regularly. We don’t have any idea where he is.
On the other hand, if the sources are to be believed then Mannan took part in the student union election and written articles on politics of students on the online medium ‘thecompanion.com’.
For now, the IG of Kupwara police told to India Today that there is no confirmation of him joining the militant group. His photograph may have been photoshopped. Police have started searching Mannan Wani and according to them, his last location was in Delhi. Mannan who took part in the student union election had left the university a few days back and last seen in Delhi. Though he has left Delhi for Kupwara and should have reached his home three days back reported by NDTV.