Sehrai tests positive for Covid posthumously

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Detained Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, who died in a hospital in Jammu, has tested positive for covid-19, official sources said on Wednesday.

The septuagenarian was shifted from Udhampur jail to GMC hospital Jammu yesterday, sources said. While he had tested negative for covid-19 on rapid tests, his swab came positive for the pathogen after his death, they said.

Sehrai was detained last year and booked under Public Safety Act. The 76-year-old was considered as a strong contender to take over as chief of the Hurriyat Conference after its former chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in a letter, announced his dissociation from the amalgam.

Sehrai’s stature among Hurriyat leaders had risen when his son Junaid joined militancy immediately after he was elected as chairman of the TeH — a political party Geelani had founded with Sehrai after parting ways from their parent organisation Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir — after Geelani’s resignation in 2018. Junaid was killed in a gunfight in Srinagar on 19 May last year. (GNS)

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