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From Sainik School to Hizbul Mujahideen -- the journey of Manaan Wani

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

From being an outstanding student to one of the most wanted militants in Kashmir, Manaan Bashir Wani, a former PhD scholar at Aligarh Muslim University, was among a stream of educated youths who have joined militancy since the 2016 unrest in the Valley.

A profile of 27-year-old Wani as sketched by security agencies shows Wani was a brilliant student from the beginning and after his initial education, he went to prestigious at Manasbal for completing his 11th and 12th class.

Wani received several awards during his academic years and had also remained indifferent to mass protests that broke out in the Valley in 2010 and 2016 after the death of Burhan Wani, a poster boy of militant group.

His joining of militancy came at a time when other youth like Esa Fazli, a student from Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah univeristy, had joined militant ranks.

After his joining, an MBA student Junaid Ashraf Sehrai, son of Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, also disappeared to join the terror groups.

Wani was attached to his family a lot especially with his father, Bashir Ahmed Wani, who was a in college.

From a well-to-do family, Wani remained busy with his studies at from 2011 where he completed his M.Phil and followed by Ph.D in allied geology.

His name still figures on the of where it is mentioned that Wani, who was a research scholar at Department of Geology, has been awarded the 'Best Paper Presentation Award' in an International Conference on 'Water, Environment, Energy and Society' (ICWEES) held at AISECT University,

The award was conferred to Wani for his paper 'Flood Risk Assessment of from Watershed Analysis Using and GIS Techniques'.

Quoting from his last article that appeared in in June this year, a said Wani had quoted American human rights activist Maclom X "be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to cemetery".

"We did the same thing to Wani. We gave him ample chance to surrender and obey the law but apparently he went against his own ideology," the police officer, who was engaged in the operations this morning in which Wani was killed, said.

During his days in school, Wani participated actively in sports like kabbadi across As a National Cadet Corps, he participated in and parades.

Wani's journey to militancy began sometime in late 2017 when he came in contact with students from South He left Aligarh on January 3 this year to join the mlitant ranks, only to return home dead.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 18:50 IST