KUPWARA — Senior pro-freedom leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai was laid to rest at Martyrs’ Graveyard in his ancestral village, Tekipora Lolab, in Kupwara on Thursday early morning.
Anticipating large participation of people, the authorities had put restrictions on the entry of people from outside. They also did not allow the locals to participate in the last rites of the departed leader on fearing a law-and-order situation and the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
The mortal remains of Sehrai reached his native village at around 4:00 a.m. after being ferried back from Jammu on Wednesday evening.
Family sources said that only some close relatives were allowed to participate in the funeral prayers.
Sehrai, 77, was shifted from Udhampur jail to Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu on Tuesday after complaining of chest pain breathing issues. He had developed pneumonia, reportedly due to COVID-19, and eventually succumbed a day later.
Sehrai is survived by his wife, three sons – Khalid Ashraf, Rashid Ashraf and Mujahid Ashraf – and two daughters.
His other son, Junaid Sehrai, who was a militant affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, was killed in a gunfight with government forces in May last year.
Sehrai was arrested after he held funeral prayers for his son and lodged in Udhampur Jail under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
Meanwhile, officials said that the restrictions will continue to remain in effect till further orders. (GNS)