Separatist chief Ashraf Sehrai arrested, booked beneath PSA

Arun Joshi
Jammu, July 12

Top Kashmiri separatist chief and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Mohd. Ashraf Sehrai, who was anticipated to succeed Syed Ali Shah Geelani because the chairman of the hardline faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, was arrested from his residence in Srinagar on Sunday morning.

At the time of his arrest, police officers advised him that he was being taken into “preventive custody”.

Later, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh advised The Tribune that the separatist chief “has been booked under the Public Safety Act”. It was mentioned that his actions have been prejudicial to peace and public order.

The PSA detention implies that the particular person may be stored beneath detention for at the very least one 12 months with out trial.

The preventive custody clause was invoked for the political leaders and separatists up to now to forestall them from inflicting “public disorder.”

Sehrai had shot into prominence when he ha assumed the chairmanship of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, the group based by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Masrat Alam in September 2003, about a few years in the past signalling a conflict between him and Geelani.

Geelani ‘s son Naeem Geelani and Sehrai, sources mentioned have been locked on this succession warfare.

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