NEW DELHI: In the second attack within a fortnight, an independent Muslim lawmaker from India-held Kashmir, Engineer Rashid, had ink thrown on him by three unidentified men in New Delhi on Monday, according to Indian media reports.
“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. Rashid was accompanied by the family members of the two people who were recently lynched in Udhampur.
Hindu Sena, a Hindu extremist group led by Vishnu Gupta claims ink attack on Engineer Rashid, according to ANI reports.
The Press Trust of India reported that two people have been detained for the attack.
Two truckers were severely injured after they were attacked with petrol bombs by a mob on October 9 in Ud Udhampur area over rumours that three cows were killed in the area. They were shifted to a hospital in New Delhi for treatment.
While the truck driver is still under treatment at the hospital hospital, the conductor, Zahid succumbed to his injuries at on Sunday, nine days after the attack.
Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members had beat lawmaker Engineer Rashid Ahmed, in the India-held Kashmir’s assembly soon after its session began on October 8 for hosting a party where he served beef.
The recent ink attack comes eight days after 10 to 15 Shiv Sena activists had attacked in a similar fashion, Sudheendra Kulkarni, organiser of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch, hours before the event.
The group was also accused of using threats to force the cancellation of an appearance in Mumbai by Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali.
Earlier in the morning, activists of India’s far-right political group Shiv Sena attacked the Mumbai headquarters of the office Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) just before Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan was to meet BCCI chief Shashank Manohar to discuss a bilateral series in December.
According to a NDTV report, Sena activists crashed through the gates of the office in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium that serves as the headquarters of the BCCI.
The activists shouted anti-Pakistan slogans and held posters that read ‘Shahryar Khan go back’, determined to stop Manohar from meeting his Pakistani counterpart. The protesters entered Manohar’s office and crowded around his desk, shouting slogans.
While in September, a 50 year old Muslim man Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house in Dadri, a small town in the outskirts of Indian capital New Delhi, and beaten to death by around 100 people over suspicions he had eaten or stored beef.
The incident occured soon after a nearby temple made an announcement via loudspeaker that the family had consumed beef.