Who was Manan Wani?

October 11

A Photo of Mannan Bashir Wani, an AMU research scholar from Kupwara of Jammu Kashmir joining Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen became viral in January.

A photograph of him appeared on the social media in which he was 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 was the son of Bashir Ahmad Wani. Mannan was pursuing his PhD in applied geology at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Mannan’s switched off his phone on January 4 and the family lost all contacts with him. The family also lodged a missing report with the police.

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.

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.

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.

Manan also gained popularity among Militant ranks and soon became a top commander of the Militant outfit Hizb ul Mujahideen, the North Kashmir areas saw a huge rise in Militant ranks during his time as a Militant.

“He inspired many youth in North Kashmir to join Militancy, he was a top recruiter and was known for his brilliant mind,” an official told The Kashmiriyat.