Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rashid along with his PRO got injured after their cavalcade was Wednesday attacked by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists at Bhaderwah AIP said. Rashid is on the tour of Chenab Valley where held a series of public meetings besides interacting with local people especially youth on issues confronting the region. While talking to KNS over phone, Rashid said that he was dragged down from the vehicle on road and his vehicle was attacked with stones. “I was on the way of the scheduled venue to address a rally and suddenly some VHP members carrying black flags and having stones in their hands stopped our vehicle and started beating us,” he said. He said that the police personnel who were accompanying him acted like mute spectators as they didn’t even bother to stop the attackers who threw stones and color on them. He said that after a short period of time he went to the scheduled venue where was going to held a rally. “Almost 5000 Muslims showed their presence in the rally,” he said. Meanwhile, sources told KNS that Rashid was not permitted by the state authorities to address a rally in Bhaderwah town but despite that Rashid with his supporters left the place in his cavalcade where he was scheduled to address a rally. Rashid said that the windshield of the left front window where he was seated smashed in the attack, causing minor injuries to him. The assailants also poured black paint on the MLA’s car. After the rally, Engineer Rashid staged a sit-in at Amira Nagar. Pertinently, in first week of October Rashid was beaten up by BJP MLAs in the J&K Assembly, after he hosted a beef party at MLAs’ hostel in Srinagar. Later on October 19, he became target of a vicious ink attack by the activists of radical fringe group ‘Hindu Sena’ at Delhi’s Press Club where he was to address a press conference on the October 8 attack on the Valley truckers along the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Udhampur district.
2015 Kashmir Despatch