Jamaat members and Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sehrai detained in Kashmir

Ashraf Sehrai the separatist leader of Hurriyat and some members of the banned Jamaat-e- Islami have been detained in Kashmir and are likely to booked under the stringent Public Safety Act, Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh said on Sunday.

The police action come after veteran leader Sayed Ali Shah Geelani announced his disassociation from politics and Sehrai had taken over from Geelani and was representing the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat at All Party Hurriyat Conference, a conglomerate of 26 separatist parties.

Sehrai is also chairperson of the pro-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.

Beside Sehrai and a dozen other members of Jamaat-e- Islami have been taken into custody.

This block of Hurriyat is different from the one led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is in favor of the dialogue to end violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sehrai's son, Junaid Sehrai, a divisional commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in an encounter in the city's Nawakadal area in May this year.

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