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Deceased Hurriyat Leader’s Two Sons Booked Under Anti-Terror Law For Allegedly Raising Anti-National Slogans

Ishfaq-ul-Hassan | India Tomorrow

SRINAGAR — Ten days after jailed Hurriyat leader Mohommad Ashraf Sehrai died  in Jammu hospital, J&K police arrested his two sons under the anti-terror law for allegedly raising anti-nation slogans during his funeral on May 6.

A police party arrested Mujahid Sehrai and Rashid Sehrai from their Srinagar residence and shifted them to Kupwara. Sources said they have been booked under Section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

 “Both sons of late Sehrai & four others have been arrested for raising anti-national slogans during the funeral. But, they haven’t been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA). Please don’t spread rumors,” Jammu and Kashmir police tweeted. 

Both sons have been arrested in connection with a case registered at Tekkipora police station. Sources said some people had raised “pro-freedom and provocative slogans” during the funeral of Sehrai on May 6. Later, police registered a case against 20 people.

In July last year, Sehrai’s militant son Junaid Sehrai was killed in a gun battle. Junaid had joined Hizbul Mujahedeen and was killed by security forces in old Srinagar city. Three months later, Sehrai was arrested and booked under PSA. He was shifted to Kot Balwal jail in Jammu. Later he was lodged in Udhampur jail in Jammu.

Sehrai, who was Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman, was shifted to Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) hospital in Jammu after he developed serious complications in Udhampur Jail. However, on May 5, he lost the battle of life.

A close aide of ailing Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, he was suffering from multiple ailments including bronchitis, diabetes, blood pressure, kidney disease, prostate, heart problem, and hearing impairment.

Meanwhile, Sehrai’s wife suffered a mild heart attack on Monday.

Younis Rather, Sehrai’s son-in-law told the local news agency that Sara Ashraf suffered a mild heart attack in the afternoon when she learnt about her sons’ detention under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

“She heard that her two sons have been booked under UAPA. She felt pain in her chest and was taken to the hospital where doctors said she has suffered a mild heart attack. Now she is home and stable. Doctors have advised us to immediately refer her to the hospital in case of complications,” he said.

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