Monday, 10 May 2021 12:47 GMT

Jailed Hurriyat Leader Ashraf Sehrai Passes Away

(MENAFN - Kashmir Observer) Srinagar- Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, who was imprisoned under Public safety Act (PSA) in 2020, passed away at a hospital in Jammu this morning.

The Hurriyat leader was shifted to GMC Hospital Jammu on Tuesday after his health started deteriorating at Kot Bhalwal jail, where was serving jail term under Public Safety Act (PSA) since Last year. He passed away this afternoon, his son Mujahid Sehrai told Kashmir Observer.

Sehrai had tested negative for COVID-19 in a rapid antigen test. His RTPCR report is still awaited, said an official at GMC Jammu.

He had COVID-19 symptoms and his oxygen levels had fallen, the official added.

Sehrai was born in 1944 in Tekipora village of Lolab Valley in Kupwara district in north Kashmir. Sehrai completed his primary education in his hometown and secondary education from Lolab High School in 1959. After clearing secondary examination, he moved to Uttar Pradesh where he did Bachelors from Aligarh Muslim University.

Sehrai became an affiliate of Syed Ali Shah Geelani in 1959 after being encouraged to do so by his elder brother. He has stated that he officially became a member as a 'rukun' of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1960. Sehrai was jailed for the first time in 1965 over anti-government activities.

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Sehrai replaced Geelani as chairperson of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in 2018.

In July 2020 Ashraf Sehrai was arrested from his residence in Srinagar by the Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) Police and was lodged at Udhampur Jail.

Same year Sehrai's son Junaid Sehrai was killed by Indian armed forces in an encounter in Srinagar.

Junaid Sehrai was an active member of Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed along with an associate in Nawakdal neighbourhood of Srinagar.

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