Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Independent MLA Engineer Rashid was beaten up by BJP MLAs in J&K Assembly on Thursday for hosting beef party in the MLA hostel on Wednesday.
According to reports, BJP MLA Ravinder Raina thrashed Rashid for acting against the ban.
As BJP MLAs assaulted him, several NC and Congress MLAs rushed to save him. Shortly after the incident, the National Congress staged a walk out of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly opposing the actions of the BJP MLAs.
The legislator from Langate had on Wednesday hosted the beef party in the lawns of MLA hostel here, with the guests being served beef kebabs, ‘ristas’ (meat balls) and beef patties. Rashid had claimed that he did not want to offend anyone but wanted to send a message that “no courts or legislature can prevent the people from eating what they want”.
The step was “just to give them (legislators) a clear message that it hardly makes any difference whether you accept or reject the bill… religious matters cannot be kept subservient to courts and assembly,” the MLA had said.
“Nobody on earth, no assembly, no court and no institution can stop us from having what we want to have,” he added.
Here’s what happened in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly:
The Supreme Court on Monday had suspended the Jammu & Kashmir High Court order banning the sale of beef in the state, for two months.
While the Jammu bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had ordered enforcement of the bar on the sale of beef in the state, the Srinagar bench scrapped the law that barred slaughter of bovine animals. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was rocked by opposition’s protest over beef ban.
With Agency inputs