Head of Tableegi Jamaat becomes first casualty of Coronavirus in Indian side of Kashmir, authorities confirms first death

SRINAGAR: A 65 year old man infected with COVID-19 died Thursday morning, recording first death in the war trodden region due to the deadly virus, officials confirm.

“Sad news: First death due to coronavirus-65 year old male from Hyderpora Srinagar. Four of his contacts also tested positive yesterday” said Rohit Kansal, government spokesman in the region, on twitter.

With four more cases reported, total number of infected cases reached 11 in the area.

The man was tested positive for the virus, had travel history to outside Kashmir where he attended religious gathering (Tableegi Jamaat) which included people from Malaysia and Indonesia, 11 of his contacts also tested positive.

The officials did not mention the name of the deceased person but from the ground sources the person is identified as Mohammad Ashraf, head of Tableegi Jamaat Jammu and Kashmir.

The man had a medical history of illness with Sugar, hypertension and obesity.

A resident of Hyderpora, Srinagar, he was admitted to the hospital barely two days back. An established businessman is survived by three daughters and a son.

The people who were close to Mr. Mohammad Ashraf are kept under observation including religious scholar and two doctors.

As of now, eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Kashmir region while three cases have been reported from Jammu region. Over 5000 patients in the region are kept under observation, while one has recovered from virus.

As a measure, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has already placed strict restrictions on the movement of people, sealing all borders and air traffic and advised people not to move out of their homes.

The coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China last December and spread almost all over the world. The WHO has declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Indian held Kashmi

Indian occupied Kashmir is the world’s largest militarized zone with highest military presence in the region. Kashmir is under strict lockdown since 05 August when Indian government unilaterally abrogated the Article 370 of its constitution scrapping the autonomous nature of the state which assured the erstwhile state its own constitution.

Thousands of civilians have been detained and lodged in different Indian jails where they are facing worst form of inhuman and dehumanizing treatment.

According to various human rights organizations, at least one lakh people have been killed in the conflict since 1989 whereas over 1.5 lakh have been injured.



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