SRINAGAR: A PhD student who had gone missing few days back has reportedly joined Hizbul Mujahideen outfit as his picture posing with an AK rifle has gone viral on social media.
A local news agency GNS quoted official sources as saying that the student Manaan Wani, 26, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani, of Takipora village of Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, was scheduled to return home three days ago. “He was pursuing his PhD in Geology at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). However, he didn’t report back home,” the sources said.
He was in AMU for the last five 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 sources said.
“Police registered a case after a missing report was field by his family today,” GNS quoted a police officer as saying.
Police have taken cognisance of the matter and are investigating the case. “We are 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 to do family. His father is a lecturer and brother 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.