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BJP members beat up lawmaker during session over arranging ‘beef party’

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NEW DELHI: Many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members thrashed an independent Muslim member in Jammu & Kashmir assembly on Thursday for hosting a beef featuring party.

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BJP lawmakers rushed on Engineer Rashid and began thrashing him before proceedings started, as reported in NDTV.

“I meant to offend no one and just wanted to send out the message that no courts or legislature can prevent the people from eating what they want,’ explained Sheikh Abdul Rashid.

The Muslim member of the Assembly had arranged a party on the lawns of Srinagar’s members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) hostel on Wednesday where the chief menu included dishes made of beef.

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Denouncing the attack on Rashid, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said: “You can’t manhandle an MLA”.

Apart from BJP’s irresponsible act of beating up a member during session, the party’s deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said: “I don’t approve of what has happened, but the way he organised the beef party at the MLA hostel was not right”.

On the other hand, the entire opposition staged a walk out in protest of the incident.

“They are killing people in broad daylight and if our members had not saved Engineer Rashid they would have killed him inside the house,” Omar Abdullah of the National Conference expressed.

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