SRINAGAR: Independent member of legislation assembly (MLA) Engineer Rashid was beaten up by BJP legislators in Indian occupied Kashmir Assembly on Thursday for hosting beef party in hostel on Wednesday.
According to reports, BJP MLA Ravinder Raina thrashed Rashid for acting against the ban.
As BJP MLAs assaulted him, several National Congress 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.