SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Police has booked two sons of late Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for “raising anti-national slogans” at the funeral of their father on May 6 this year.
The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Ashraf Sehrai, died on May 5 at Government Medical College (GMC) in Jammu after he was shifted to the hospital a day before following his deteriorating health while under imprisonment under Public Safety Act (PSA) in Udhampur Jail. His body was brought to his ancestral village Tekipora Sogam in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, where he was buried on May 6 at around 4:00 a.m.
An official said that the late Sehrai’s two sons have been booked under Section 13 of the UAPA for raising “anti-national slogans” at the funeral of their father on May 6.
Both the sons of late Sehrai — Mujahid Sehrai and Rashid Sehrai — were arrested from their residence at Bulbulbagh area of Barzulla in Srinagar on Saturday night by Kupwara Police with the assistance of Srinagar Police.
The official said that while taking the body of Sehrai to Tekipora Sogam graveyard in Kupwara for burial, some people were found raising “pro-freedom and provocative slogans”. The video of the same had gone viral on social media. Accordingly, a case was registered against 20 people.
An FIR number 21/2021 is registered at Police Station Sogam in the matter.
Earlier on Monday, the J&K Police had refuted the reports of the duo being booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA). In a reply to a tweet by Mehbooba Mufti, police said, “Both sons of Late Sehrai and 4 others have been arrested for raising anti-national slogans during the funeral. But they haven’t been booked under PSA. Please don’t spread the rumour.” (KDC)