Battered Earlier by BJP MLAs 'Engineer Rashid' Now gets Smeared with INK
A handful of activists allegedly belonging to a proclaimed right-wing organisation blackened the face of independent MLA of J-K Assembly Sheikh Abdul Rashid using paint, ink and mobil oil protesting against his hosting a beef party in Srinagar earlier this month.
Popularly known as ‘Engineer Rashid’, he was holding a press conference at Press Club here along with relatives of the two truck drivers who were burnt by a mob at Udhampur in Jammu region on October nine. One of the victims–19-year-old Zahid– died at Safdurjung hospital yesterday morning.
As he finished his press conference, he was held at the gate of the Press Club by some TV journalists for a one-to-one interview when some activists shouting slogans “gow mata ka apman, nahi sahega Hindustan (India will not tolerate any disrespect to cow)” pounced on him and painted him with black colour, mobil oil and blue ink.
"People talk of Talibanisation of Pakistan, look what is happening in India... They are mentally ill. 80,000 people have died in Kashmir, putting ink on one Engineer Rashid will not change anything," Mr Rashid was quoted by the NDTV website, after three unidentified men attacked him with ink while addressing a press conference at the New Delhi press club.
"What happened with Kulkarni, happened to me today," he further said.
Two people were detained by the police and whisked away to Parliament Street Police station while Rashid had to take refuge inside the Press Club till additional force came in.
Hindu Sena, a Hindu extremist group led by Vishnu Gupta claims ink attack on Engineer Rashid, according to ANI reports.
Rashid was earlier beaten by BJP MLAs in the state assembly for hosting the beef party.
The conference was called by him after the death of Zahid along with the relatives of the two truck drivers to demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise for the Udhampur incident.
“If the UP government can be held responsible for Dadri incident, then BJP is equally responsible for the Udhampur incident along with its ally PDP,” he said.
The relatives of the two — Zahid and Showkat — who were sleeping in the truck when it was attacked by a mob with petrol bombs alleged that Mufti Sayeed Government was “threatening, abusing and warning” their family members from speaking to the media.
“Mufti Sayeed will have to pay for this. Is this democracy that India boasts about. Its worst,” Mohammed Ashraf, kin of Zahid, said after his face was also blackened.
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