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Hizbul Mujahideen confirms Manaan Wani joining its rank

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Muslim University (AMU) scholar has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen, the group's Pakistan-based chief said in a statement to

"Joining of exposes the Indian propaganda that the youths of are joining militant ranks due to unemployment and economic distress," Salahuddin said in the statement to a Srinagar-based gathering agency yesterday.

Wani, who belongs to Tikipora in Lolab area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, went missing last week. He was scheduled to return home from on January 6.

The 26-year-old scholar was yesterday expelled by AMU following reports that he may have joined the group after his photograph, showing him with an AK-47 rifle, appeared in

"From years on, educated and qualified youths of have been joining to take this ongoing freedom movement to logical conclusion. This spirit of youths is laudable," Salahuddin said, confirming that Wani had joined Hizbul Mujahideen, in the statement in Urdu.

Police had yesterday refused to deny or confirm the reports of Wani's joining the group, saying they were investigating the photograph of him brandishing the rifle on sites.

Wani was a in the at the Muslim University, and last attended class on January 2, the university officials said.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 13:45 IST