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Missing Indian Varsity Fellow Resurfaces on Social Media in Militant Avatar

Indian police are on the lookout for a Kashmiri youth who was pursuing a doctorate at an Indian University but went underground for a week, before sending his gun-toting photograph to his family. However, the security services doubt he has joined a local militant organization.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — In an incident which rocked the Indian establishment on Monday morning, a gun-toting photo of a scholar from Jammu and Kashmir, who went missing from the country's prestigious Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) a week ago, surfaced on social media. The discovery triggered fears that he had joined a militant group.

Mannan Wani is seen holding an AK-47 rifle in the viral photo and is feared to have joined the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

​"He was scheduled to return home four days ago. But instead, his pictures showing him with an AK-47 reached the family," a Jammu & Kashmir police officer said.

Wani's father is a lecturer while his brother is an engineer.

Many Twitter users advised him to shun the path of radicalism, while there were few who supported his decision.

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