Mannan Bashir Wani, a PhD scholar-turned-top Hizbul Mujahideen commander was killed on Thursday, 10 months after he dropped out of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to join terrorist ranks in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mannan Wani alias Abu Hamza, 26, was killed along with his associate in a clash with security forces at Shartgund Bala area of Qalamabad in Handwara area of North Kashmir's Kupwara district.
Police said that they had launched a cordon and search operation at Shartgund Bala area in the wee hours of Thursday based on specific intelligence inputs.
"During the searches, the terrorists, who were hiding, fired on the search party. The forces retaliated, leading to a clash. Consequently the civilians in the nearby areas were evacuated. In addition, following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), attempts were made to let the terrorists surrender, but they did not," said a police spokesman.
According to police, two terrorists were eliminated in the ensuing encounter. They added that there was no collateral damage. Police later identified the duo as Mannan Bashir Wani of Tiki Pora, Sogam and Ashiq Hussain Zargar of Tulwari Langate.
Coming from an affluent family, Mannan was pursuing PhD in applied Geology from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) before becoming a terrorist in January this year. His father had lodged a report in the police station claiming that his son had gone mis...