He developed pneumonia in Udhampur Jail and was shifted to the government hospital in Jammu on Tuesday
Jailed Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Ashraf Sehrai, a detailed aide of senior separatist chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani, died in a Jammu hospital on Wednesday.
According to hospital sources, Sehrai developed pneumonia within the Udhampur Jail and was shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu on Tuesday.
“His Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) came negative and the RT-PCR result is still awaited,” an official mentioned.
Sehrai, 77, who was a powerful contender to succeed Mr. Geelani to go the separatist conglomerate Hurriyat, was arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) last year instantly after he supplied funeral prayers to his militant son Junaid Sehrai, killed in an encounter in Srinagar in May.
Mr. Sehrai, who was a Jamaat-e-Islami ideologue, was thought of “a moderate and rational voice” throughout the Hurriyat and was extensively revered by different factions of the Hurriyat. He performed a key position in unifying totally different factions of separatists.
His household had just lately requested the J&Ok administration to launch him “because his health was falling in the jail”.
“…And why did he have to die in incarceration and not at his home amongst his kin and loved ones. Have we become so weak that an old infirm dying person is a threat to the state. I am not being critical. But please introspect. Seharai Sahib was a political leader not a terrorist,” Peoples Conference chief Sajad Lone mentioned in a tweet.