‘My Beef Party Act Legal,’ Thrashed Rashid says, Refers to SC Order



Er-RashidThe thrashed independent lawmaker from Kupwara’s Langate Engineer Rashid said he did not indulge in any illegal act by hosting a beef party at his official residence in Srinagar.

Rashid was attacked by BJP men minutes before lower house resumed business on Thursday.

“Beef was banned under the state’s Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and the high court had ordered its implementation, but a Supreme Court order suspended its enforcement for two months in the state,” Rashid told reporters outside state legislative complex.

Rashid termed the assault on him by right wing Hindu BJP MLAs in the legislative assembly as “terrorism and hooliganism”. “Nearly six to eight BJP members grabbed me and kicked and punched me. Is this democratic behaviour? And you expect separatists to join this assembly,” he asked.

Rashid revealed that the MLA Hostel officials too did not allow him at first to hold beef party. “I explained them the apex court’s verdict and only then we cherished beef kebabs.”

“I didn’t use the hostel’s facility and food was brought from outside. I had no intention of hurting anyone’s sentiments,” he added.

He also said two officials of the legislators’ hostel were suspended. “It is an unjust act”.

“You will find many bottles of liquor at the MLA hostel”, he said, adding, “if legislators can have alcohol, why can’t I have beef?”

Rashid further asserted, “I don’t have any expectations from anyone there (assembly).”


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