From Sainik School to Hizbul — the jour­ney of former PHD scholar Manaan Bashir Wani

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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 Sainik School 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 Hizbul Mu­jahideen 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 Tehreek-e-hur­riyat Chair­man 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 lec­turer in col­lege.

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

His name still fig­ures on the of­fi­cial web­site of Ali­garh Mus­lim Univer­sity 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, Bhopal.

The award was con­ferred to Wani for his pa­per ‘Flood Risk As­sess­ment of Lo­lab Val­ley from Wa­ter­shed Anal­y­sis Us­ing Re­mote Sens­ing and GIS Tech­niques’.

Quot­ing from his last ar­ti­cle that ap­peared in so­cial me­dia in June this year, a po­lice of­fi­cial 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 north In­dia. As a Na­tional Cadet Corps, he par­tic­i­pated in Repub­lic Day and In­de­pen­dence Day pa­rades.

Manaan Bashir Wani

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