Popularly known as 'Engineer Rashid', he was holding a press conference at Press Club here along with relatives of the two truck drivers who were burnt by a mob at Udhampur in Jammu region on October nine. One of the victims—19-year-old Zahid-- died at Safdurjung hospital yesterday morning.
As he finished his press conference, he was held at the gate of the Press Club by some TV journalists for a one-to-one interview when some activists shouting slogans 'gow mata ka apman, nahi sahega Hindustan (India will not tolerate any disrespect to cow)' pounced on him and painted him with black colour, mobil oil and blue ink.
Two people were detained by the police and whisked away to Parliament Street Police station while Rashid had to take refuge inside the Press Club till additional force came in.
"They are mentally sick. I want the whole world to see this how these people are trying to muzzle the voice of Kashmiris," Rashid, who was beaten by BJP MLAs in the state assembly for hosting the beef party, said after the attack.     

The incident came after he had made comments at the press conference about the beef party organised by him inside the MLA hostel in Srinagar.
"I do not eat beef, mutton, or chicken but that was a form of protest to tell the authorities that do not interfere in anyone's religion," Rashid had explained to reporters during the press conference when he was asked about him violating the sentiments of the people.
The conference was called by him after the death of Zahid along with the relatives of the two truck drivers to demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise for the Udhampur incident.


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