Sahrai was considered close to Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the leader of the radical faction of the Hurriyat Conference. After being detained under PSA, he was kept in the district jail of Udhampur.
People take Ashraf Shehrai’s body to his house (Photo- PTI)
Mohammad Ashraf Sahrai, president of the separatist organization Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, was buried today in his native village in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Officials said that following the Kovid-19 rules, they were handed over. Sahrai was arrested last year under the Public Safety Act (PSA). He died in a hospital in Jammu on Wednesday while in custody.
Kovid-19 was not confirmed in the investigation report of separatist leader Sahrai (77). Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police (IG) Vijay Kumar tweeted, “Separatist leader Late Ashraf Sahrai was handed over in the presence of family members in his native village following the rules of Kovid-19”. On Wednesday, it was reported that his death was due to Kovid infection. Officials said that he was admitted to the Government Medical College (GMC) in Jammu after his health deteriorated on Tuesday.
Demand for the release of other J&K leaders who have been lodged in separate jails both within and outside the Union Territory has been raised due to the death of Sahrai while in preventive custody under the PSA. Sahrai was considered close to Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the leader of the radical faction of the Hurriyat Conference. After being detained under PSA, he was kept in the district jail of Udhampur.
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) May 5, 2021
Sahara was jailed since July 2020
After the resignation of Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the year 2018, he became the President of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Officials said that Sahri, who was lodged in Udhampur jail since July 13, 2020, was also suffering from several serious diseases. After having trouble in breathing, on Tuesday evening, he was admitted to the district hospital in Udhampur. When his condition did not improve, he was admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital, 55 km from there.
Sahrai’s youngest son Junaid Ashraf Khan joined the terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen in March 2018. After this, on 19 May 2020, he was killed in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar. In August 2019, several separatist leaders were detained in Jammu and Kashmir following the repeal of Article 370. In July last year, Sahrai was also arrested under his PSA from his residence in Srinagar. Earlier too, he was detained several times on charges of anti-government and anti-national activities.
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