Research scholar-turned-terrorist Mannan Wani killed in encounter

Kupwara: Research scholar-turned-terrorist Mannan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara. The encounter occurred at Langate, nearly 80 km from Srinagar. After receiving a tip-off about the presence of two terrorists in a residential house in the area, security forces launched a pre-dawn operation.

Mannan Wani who was a research scholar of the Aligarh Muslim University in the past had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen earlier this year. He had been studying Applied Geology. It must be noted that Mannan Wani had gone missing in January this year. Later his photo, holding a gun, surfaced on social media.

His friends were shocked to learn his decision to join the terror group. As he was a brilliant student and had won first prize at an international conference in Bhopal in 2016. They were expecting him to make it to civil services.

As the news of Mannan’s encounter spread, clashes broke out in some pockets of the district.