A lawmaker in Indian administrated Kashmir (IaK) allegedly threatened to shoot and behead another legislator, an independent, for visiting his constituency, reported local media. Ravinder Raina’s, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—the ruling party in India– lawmaker sparked a row and embarrassed his party after the statement.
Last week, Raina’s supporters had allegedly attacked Engineer Rashid—an independent legislator from northern Kashmir—when he was on his way to Rajouri district in the Pirpanjal region.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Raina said, “Engineer Rashid is a Pakistani and we will not allow a Pakistani here. We shoot Pakistanis and behead them. How can we let him come here?”
Mr Rashid demanded a criminal case against the BJP lawmaker on the basis of video evidence. “He has openly called me a Pakistani and threatened to kill me. He has said he will cut my throat,” he said.
The BJP leader did not stop at Mr Rashid. He accused the police of hobnobbing with Pakistan’s spy agency ISI and called a senior official “an ISI agent.”
“There are Pakistani elements in police who are taking money from ISI, Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar and Jaish-e-Mohammad and they are trying to destabilize the situation in Sunderbani, Rajouri and Poonch.”
The police had used force to shoo away Mr Raina’s supporters when they attacked Mr Rashid and damaged his car last week.