Independent MLA engineer Abdul Rashid was attacked by activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) at Bhaderwah town in Doda district, about 240 km from Jammu city, when he was on his way to Doda town, where protests were held against him.
“The attack on me is a symptomatic of the growing intolerance in the country. The communal agenda of the BJP has engulfed this region also. But, I blame chief minister Mufti Sayeed more than the BJP for it as he is allowing polarisation in the state,” Rashid told HT over phone from Doda.
The police have registered a case against unidentified people for the attack. “We have registered a case and will dentify the accused. However, Rashid had left for Srinagar,” said DIG Doda-Ramban ranger Nisar Ahmad.
Rashid had reached Bhaderwah on Tuesday evening from adjoining Kishtwar town, where also protests were held against him. The local administration didn’t allow him to hold a public rally after which he held a meeting on Tuesday evening at Bhaderwah guest house.
According to the reports, the VHP activists stopped his vehicle when he had just moved out of Bhaderwah town and raised slogans against him for organising beef party at a MLA hostel in Srinagar. Some of the protestors threw black ink and engine oil at him and even broke windscreen of his vehicle.
The police personnel pushed away the protestors when some of them tried to drag engineer Rashid. His PRO was also injured in stone throwing. He latter addressed a public rally at Doda.
Activists of the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) had raised slogans against him when he addressed a rally at Kishtwar on Tuesday, where he had accused the Mufti Sayeed of running the government on the agenda of the RSS.
The BJP had for the first time won seats in Doda and Kishtwar districts. It won three out of the four seats in this region, which is communally sensitive having about 45 per cent Hindu population.
Engineer Rashid was physically attacked in the Assembly by the BJP MLAs for organizing a beef party in the MLA hostel. The chief minister and deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh also condemned the attack terming it as unfortunate.
Rashid was attacked with black ink at a press club of India in Delhi by activists of the right wing organisation.