Jammu and Kashmir independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid, who was recently thrashed for holding a beef party in Srinagar, was attacked with black ink in New Delhi on Monday.
The MLA, popularly known as ‘Engineer Rashid’, was attacked after he held a media conference at the Delhi Press Club along with relatives of the two truck drivers who were attacked by a mob at Udhampur in Jammu region earlier this month.
A group named Hindu Sena claimed responsibility for the attack on Rashid. Two men from the fringe group were detained after the incident.
“We want India to see the ugly face of these radical forces. We will not succumb. We will fight till the end. This is Modi’s India and not Gandhi’s India,” Rashid said.
Rashid was chatting with TV reporters outside the Press Club when some activists shouting slogans pounced on him and painted him with black ink and mobil oil.
The incident came after he had made comments at the press conference about the beef party organised by him inside the MLA hostel in Srinagar for which he was recently thrashed by Bharatiya Janata Party legislators.
“I do not eat beef, mutton, or chicken but that was a form of protest to tell the authorities that do not interfere in anyone’s religion,” Rashid told reporters during the press conference.
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CM Sayeed condemns attack
In Srinagar, J & K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed condemned the ink attack on Rashid saying the “spate of unpleasant incidents” is “most disturbing”.
“In a vibrant democracy like India, we need to have courage to respect dissent and provide space to different points of view,” Sayeed said in a statement.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Attack on Eng. Rashid is unacceptable & condemned in the strongest possible terms. This climate of intolerance & violence is very worrying (sic).”
The attack on Rashid comes a week after after Shiv Sena workers threw black ink at former Advani aide Sudheendra Kulkarni in Mumbai before a book launch of former Pakistani minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
The Langate legislator has been in the news for leading protests against the ban and also courted controversy when he demanded that the remains of terrorist Afzal Guru, who was executed for his involvement in the 2001 Parliament attack, be returned to his family in the Valley.