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Kashmiri youth and research scholar of AMU joins 'Hizbul Mujahideen'; his photo holding an AK assault rifle goes viral
In a major setback to the efforts by Indian security forces, photograph of a PhD scholar from the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) appeared on social media on Monday, in which he is seen holding an AK assault rifle.

In the image, the 25-year-old youngster is seen wielding an automatic rifle with a message claiming that he has recently joined the terrorist group - 'Hizbul Mujahideen'.

As per reports, Mannan Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani, a resident from north Kashmir's Kupwara district joined the terror outfit on January 5, 2018.

The young man, who was pursuing Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in applied Geology at AMU, was scheduled to return to his home three days ago, but failed to turn up. According to the media report, Wani has now officially joined the militant group.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Wani's brother, Mubashir Ahmad, who is a junior engineer by profession 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."

Ahmad further added that he had left home for AMU nearly a month ago.  "All this time, we thought he was in Aligarh. He would talk to us regularly. We don't have any idea where he is," his brother informed.

According to Wani's profile, which has been mentioned on AMU's official website states that he had been awarded for the best paper presented at an international conference on 'Water, Environment, Ecology and Society' in 2016.

The website also reveals that he took admission in AMU, after completing his Bachelor's degree in 'Geology and Earth Sciences' from the University of Kashmir. It also says that Wani has completed two year Mphil programme in Geology from AMU.

Talking about Wani's entry for the militancy outfit, a senior police official said, "Our forces have so far rescued 75 boys who were on the verge of joining militancy. We are hopeful of getting Mannan back as well."

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