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Detained Separatist Leader Ashraf Sehrai Dies in Jammu Hospital | India News

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Detained Separatist Leader Ashraf Sehrai Dies in Jammu Hospital | India News

JAMMU: prominent separatist leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, who was arrested under the Public Safety Act in July last year, died in a hospital here on Wednesday, authorities said.
Sehrai, 77, close confidant of the hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was incarcerated in the Udhampur District Jail. He was transferred to the Jammu Government Medical College (GMC) hospital after his health deteriorated Tuesday, authorities said. Sehrai, who replaced Geelani as president of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat In 2018, he tested negative for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test.
His RTPCR the report is still awaited, they said. He had COVID-19 symptoms and his oxygen levels had dropped, officials added. They said that Sehrai, who had been imprisoned in Udhampur since July 13, 2020, had been suffering from various ailments. He complained of shortness of breath on Tuesday and was transferred to the district hospital in Udhampur. When his situation did not improve, he was transferred to the GMC, about 55 kilometers away, where he took his last breath around noon Wednesday after acute respiratory distress, authorities said. His youngest son, Junaid Ashraf Khan, had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group in March 2018 and later died in a meeting with security forces in Srinagar on May 19, 2020. Sehrai was one of those arrested during a lockdown. prior to revocation of special status. to Jammu and Kashmir and its fork into two union territories in August 2019. He was eventually arrested under the PSA from his Barzaulla residence in Srinagar in July last year. Originally from the village of Tekipura in Lolab, in the Kupwara district of northern Kashmir, Sehrai joined Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) at a young age and remained associated with Geelani for more than six decades. He was detained on numerous occasions and accused of carrying out anti-government and anti-national activities. Sehrai was Geelani’s main supporter and aide when he launched the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in 2004 after separating from the Jamaat. Sehrai was named interim president by Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in March 2018 and was then elected president for three years after Geelani resigned. President of the Peoples’ Conference and former Minister Sajad Lonely he paid tribute to Sehrai and said: “Sehrai Sahib was a political leader, not a terrorist.” In a series of tweets, Lone recalled his meeting with the leader and asked: “And why did he have to die in jail and not at home among his family and loved ones? Have we become so weak that a dying sick old man he’s a threat to the state. I’m not being critical. But, please, introspection … “” This is the irony of Kashmir politics. Top-notch politicians consumed by conflict. The ideological versatility of Kashmir politics it is a curse. A transparent and honest politician He spent decades in jail, “he added. RATE SKL MIN MIN

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