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Jammu and Kashmir: PhD scholar Manan Wani among 2 Hizbul militants killed in Handwara encounter

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Kupwara (Jammu and Kashmir): One of the two terrorists who were gunned down by security forces on Thursday morning has been identified as Hizbul Mujahideen’s top commander Manan Wani. Giving the details, the Jammu and Kashmir police informed that the other terrorist too was a Hizbul operative and identified as Ashiq Hussain Zargar, a resident of Tulwari Langate.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti described the killing of the top Hizbul commander as a ‘loss’. Taking to twitter, she wrote that security forces gunned down two top HM terrorists including a former Ph.D scholar-turned-terrorist Manan Bashir Wani, Handwara district of north Kashmir.

Mehbooba twitted, “Today a PhD scholar chose death over life and was killed in an encounter. His death is entirely our loss as we are losing young educated boys every day. It is high time that all the political parties in the country realise the gravity of this situation and try to facilitate a solution through dialogue with all the stakeholders including Pakistan to end this bloodshed.” Aligarh Muslim University’ Registrar Dr. Abdul Hamid on Thursday informed that Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Manan Wani was rusticated from the University and that the varsity had no knowledge of his know-how ever since.


Speaking to ANI, Dr. Hamid said, “Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Manan Wani who was killed in Handwara encounter today was once a student at AMU but he was rusticated from the University. AMU had nothing to do with him now.” He also underscored that three students have been suspended after a group of them attempted to gather inside the university premises  following the death of the terrorist.

“Few students tried to hold a gathering today over his death but we have given a clear message that no anti-national activity will be tolerated in AMU. We did not allow them to gather and 3 students were also suspended,” Hamid said. An encounter broke out on Thursday morning between security forces and terrorists in Shartgund Bala area of Qalamabad. Hizbul Mujahideen’s top commander Manan Wani and another Hizbul operative Ashiq Hussain Zargar were killed by security forces in this encounter.

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