AMU PhD scholar joins Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir, expelled

Wani, pursuing Ph.D. in Geology at Aligarh Muslim University, had taken a break from his university to visit his family in Kashmir. Photograph:( Facebook )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 10.59 AM (IST)

Mannan Bashir Wani, a research scholar from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has reportedly joined a terrorist group in Kashmir. 

The research scholar, who hails from Kupwara in Kashmir, was today expelled by the Aligarh Muslim University authorities in the wake of reports alleging that he may have joined a terrorist group. A team of senior AMU officials sealed Mannan Basheer Wani's room this morning immediately after they received a letter from the Aligarh Superintendent of Police about his alleged "nefarious" activities, university officials said.

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A recent Facebook post hints that the 26-year-old scholar joined the group "Hizbul Mujahideen". 

Wani, in a Facebook post, was seen holding an assault rifle. The caption of the picture indicated that he joined the group on January 5. 

According to a media report, the research scholar was driven to join the militant group after he was humiliated by the armed forces in November 2017. He said the car he was travelling in was stopped four times by armed forces and each time he had to get down to prove his identity. 

The report also said that he was mocked by an army officer from resembling a militant commander. The picture caption said that his code name is Hamzah Bai. 

Wani, pursuing PhD in Geology at Aligarh Muslim University, had taken a break from his university to visit his family in Kashmir. 

A local news agency stated that Wani hails from a well-off family and is a son of a lecturer.

The Senior Superintendent of Police Kupwara Shamsher Hussain has said that his family was unable to contact Wani. 

AMU Proctor, Professor Mohsin Khan, meanwhile, told PTI that the University had set "up a comprehensive inquiry into the entire matter" and is also taking further necessary steps for stepping up security in hostels of the university.