In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have vehemently condemned the Modi-led fascist Indian government for custodial death of Tehreeke-e-Hurriyat Chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in Udhampur Jail. They said that the regime is directly responsible for his death in custody.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Working Vice Chairman Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar in a statement issued in Srinagar blamed the criminal negligence of the Modi regime for the death of Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in custody.
He termed it as the ruthless behaviour of the Indian Imperialism towards the freedom-loving Kashmiri leaders, imprisoned in solitude in various jails of India without medical facilities.
Paying rich tributes to Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, the APHC working vice chairman said the death of Sehrai is a sheer act of deliberate custodial killing for which sole responsibility lies with the Modi led fascist regime.
He urged the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to take serious cognizance of the death of senior Hurriyat leader in mysterious conditions in jail and appealed to the freedom-loving people of Kashmir to observe a complete strike tomorrow in protest against the custodial killing of the senior Hurriyat leader.
The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq deplored that despite repeated requests by the family that his health was deteriorating in jail, Sehrai was left unattended by the till his condition worsened yesterday.
It termed it as inhumane attitude of the authorities. The forum at a meeting attended by all its executive members including Prof Abdul Ghani Butt, Bilal Ghani lone and Masroor Abbas Ansari joined incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in extending their heartfelt condolences to the family of Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai.
Professor Butt said his death is tragic will always be remembered in the hearts of people of Kashmir.
Jammu &Kashmir Anjuman Sharie Shian President Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement expressed shock over the demise Mohammad Ashraf Sahrai saying his death in captivity is a heartbreaking tragedy for the people of Kashmir.
Agha Hassan said that Sehrai was a pillar and thinker of APHC as well as a powerful religious scholar. His religious and political services are like an open book.
He appealed to the international human rights organizations to take serious note of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners in jails and remind New Delhi of its commitment towards signed treaty and conventions concerning political prisoners.
Illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Masarrat Aalam Butt described Sehrai as a shining star.
Democratic Political Movement Chairman Khawaja Firdous said that Indian government is deliberately playing with the lives of the Kashmiri people.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League Chairman Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Vice Chairman Aijaz Rehmani have also expressed grief and pain over the demise of Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai.
Waza described his custodial death as a murder and said that Sehrai was ill from last couple of months in Udhampur jail and was not provided proper medical treatment.
He said that Sehrai is a symbol of resistance and will always be remembered in history of Kashmir for his sacrifices. He urged the International community to probe the death of Sehrai.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Political Party Mohammad Yousuf Naqash castigated Indian occupation authorities for Sehrai’s death in jail saying that his death in custody has exposed Ill intentions of India about jailed leaders and activists.—KMS