Jammu and Kashmir: Hours later a Ph.D. scholar and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist was killed in Handwara encounter, registrar of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) issued a statement regarding the connection of the militant with the varsity. The registrar said that Manan Wani was a student of AMU, but was later rusticated from the university. He further said that the varsity has nothing to do with him now, while adding that three students have been suspended for protesting over his death. Also Read - No restriction on Accessing Any Website in Jammu and Kashmir: Centre Tells Lok Sabha

“Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Manan Wani who was killed in Handwara encounter today was once a student at AMU, he was rusticated from the University. AMU has nothing to do with him now. Few students tried to hold a gathering today over his death, 3 students suspended,” Registrar at AMU told ANI. Also Read - J&K: 50% Rebate on Water And Electricity Bills | L-G Manoj Sinha Announces Rs 1,350 cr Economic Package for UT

Earlier in the day, two militants, including a Ph.D. scholar and Hizbul commander, were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. The gunfight took place in Shatgund village. Also Read - Record 3,186 Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan Along LoC In Past Eight Months, Highest Since 2003

Identify of one of the militants was not ascertained, while the second terrorist has been identified as Manan Bashir Wani. He is a PhD scholar of Aligarh Muslim University who joined militancy in January. He was trapped in the cordon along with another Kashmiri militant and died. Wani belongs to Lolab area of Kupwara.

Reacting sharply on the killing of Manan Bashir Wani, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that unless a dialogue is started, local youth will continue to die.

Meanwhile, authorities have ordered the closure of all educational institutions and suspended mobile Internet services in the district. Classes in degree colleges of Bandipora, Baramulla, Pulwama, and Srinagar districts have also been suspended as a precaution.