JAMMU: Independent legislator Engineer Rashid was marshalled out of the lower house on Tuesday after he created ruckus in the house over the continued detention of a “14-year-old” Sahil Ahmad Sheikh under the Public Safety Act.
As soon as, the question hour began on Tuesday, Rashid stood up from his seat and rushed to the well of the House, accusing the government of detaining a juvenile and lamented the “summoning” of headmaster of Government Middle School Palpora, Srinagar by police, who had issued birth certificate of Sahil Sheikh, which Rashid submitted in the House yesterday as proof for Sahil being underage.
Rasheed said that police had on Monday summoned and humiliated the mother of victim and other family members in the police station.
Rasheed entered a verbal duel with NC legislator Akbar Lone who accused him of creating drama and taking House hostage.
Training guns on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who was present in the house, Rashid said, ‘’Madam, Order the release of the boy, now that your governments claim has been razed to the ground. Why are you questioning and harassing the headmaster who issued certificate that unearthed truth about the age of the boy.’’
Rashid was shouting,‘‘What the hell are you doing and why the hell are you detaining the innocents under PSA’, Minister for Rural Development Abdul Haq Khan requested the Speaker Kavinder Gupta to ask the members to not use un-parliamentary language in the House and to uphold the dignity of the house.’’
Reacting to the request of Minister for Rural Development and NC MLA Akbar Lone, Speaker Kevinder Gupta ordered marshalling out of MLA Rashid.
Speaking to the media outside the Assembly Rashid said, ‘’Even after submitting the certificate in the Assembly yesterday the government should have apologized and released the boy but instead they have detained the boy’s mother and also the Headmaster who had issued the date of birth certificate of the boy as per school records.’’
While accusing the PDP and NC for being stooges of New Delhi and working on their direction, Rasheed stated that New Delhi has turned the Assembly in to the graveyard of rights of majority of the state through their collaborators .
When contacted, Headmaster Middle School Palpora confirmed to Kashmir Reader that he was called to the police station regarding the date of birth certificate issued by him for Sahil, but added that he as not intimidated .
The family members of Sahil also confirmed that they were summoned by police on Monday.