Srinagar, June 8: Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Langate Engineer Abdul Rashid on Wednesday was marshalled out from State Assembly after he raised the issue of Public Safety Act (PSA) that was slapped on a Jammu Muslim leader.
As soon as House began its proceedings, the MLA Rasheed got up and asked why Chairman Muslim Development Forum Syed Shabir Ahmad Shah of Jevan Shah Mohalla Jammu has been booked under PSA.
Rasheed wanted government to make a statement at the floor of House over his detention and sought his immediate release. However, the Speaker Kavindra Gupta reportedly said that Shabir was booked for being anti-national and anti-peace irked Rashed.
“If police could book Mr Shabir Shah, a prominent Muslim leader, why couldn’t it arrest and book under PSA those criminals involved in Kishtwar riots and are seen roaming free with BJP ministers from social functions to PM Office,” Rasheed asked.
“The fact of the matter is that Jammu Muslims have been left at the mercy of right wing Hindu forces and state police has been strictly directed to implement Hindutva agenda. Why doesn’t government book those involved in discretion of masques and shrines in Jammu province or those threatening Muslims by carrying out guns and other weapons during processions in Jammu,” he said.
The Rashid’s remarks angered BJP MLAs and the two sides exchanged heated arguments with each other. Later, the MLA Langate was marshaled out on the directions of Speaker Kavindra Gupta.