Senior Kashmiri Leader Ashraf Sehrai Dies in Indian Police Custody

Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai

Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai who was 78 years old was the Senior Kashmiri Leader and for decades, he challenged India’s rule over occupied. But On Wednesday, he died while in police custody.

His family and officials reported that in the region of southern Jammu he was admitted in a government hospital with multiple ailments from a jail on Tuesday.

Mujahid Sehrai the son of Kashmiri Leader told that proper medical care was not provided to his father in jail and 10 days ago he even complained about his ill health when he spoke to him.

Last July, the son of Leader was arrested under the act of public safety which lets the authorities to imprison those who were more than two years without trial in occupied Kashmir.

Due to explosion of high cases of corona virus in India they are suffering from a massive health crisis. So they were concerned about the health of hundreds of Kashmiri political detainees as stated by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference last week. It was further said that prisoners were not provided basic health care which can later lead to severe health problems between the prisoners.

Since 1989, thousands of Kashmiris had been arrested under the Public Safety Act. When an armed struggle took place in occupied Kashmir while seeking its independence or merging with Pakistan. India has used the law to stifle dissent and circumvent the justice system, transparency, undermining, respect for human rights and accountability as said by Right groups.

Sehrai was the head of Tehreek e Hurriyat and was a member of jama’at e Islam which is largest religious and political group. He was among the staunchest supporters of Kashmir merger with Pakistan.

16 years were spent by him In different jails of India during his political career that spanned almost six decade. In April, last year his son was killed during a gunfight with Indian troops in the main city of Srinager. He was a member of Kashmirs main fighter group.

Sehrai is survived by his three sons, two daughters and his wife.

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