Senior Hurriyat Conference leader Ashraf Khan Sehrai was laid to rest at ‘Martyrs’ graveyard in his ancestral village in Tekipora Lolab on Thursday early morning.
The authorities anticipating large participation had put restrictions on the entry of outside persons to the village and also disallowed the local residents from participating in the last rites of Sehrai on apprehensions of the “law and order” situation coupled with the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
Details available with a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS) said that the mortal remains of Sehrai reached his native village here in Tekipora Lolab at around 4 am after being ferried from Jammu on Wednesday evening.
Family sources told GNS that limited people, mainly some close relatives, participated in the funeral prayers with adherence to all necessary protocols.
“Burial of separatist leader late Ashraf Shehrai completed as per Covid #protocol in presence of family members at his native place,” IGP Kashmir,” Vijay Kumar said in a tweet.
The septuagenarian was shifted from Udhampur jail to GMC hospital Jammu on Tuesday after complaining of chest pain and eventually succumbed a day later.
Dr. A. D. S. Manhas Medical Superintendent, Medical College Hospital, Jammu, had confirmed the death of the senior Hurriyat Conference leader to GNS.
Sehrai is survived by his wife, three sons – Khalid Ashraf, Rashid Ashraf and Mujahid Ashraf – and two daughters.
Sehrai was detained last year and booked under Public Safety Act.
Meanwhile, official sources told GNS that the restrictions will continue to remain in effect till further orders to avoid any “law and order” situation coupled with the COVID-19 situation. (GNS)