Srinagar: Known in the Valley for his plain speak on Kashmir and theatrics that often involve torn pherans, the former legislator from north Kashmir’s Langate seat, Abdul Rashid, is perceived to be humble compared to other legislators.
Better known as “Engineer Rashid”, he usually wears pheran and does not have a posse of security guards following him around.
A student of the Kashmir University, however, has accused Rashid of threatening him for making comments against the former legislator in a video.
Aqib Malik, 26, a resident of Shopian, who is pursuing Masters degree in the university, claims he received intimidating messages from phone numbers known to used by the former legislator.
Aqib questioned Rashid’s “drama” in a video, referring to his separatist posturing and simultaneous political career within the ambit of the unionist political setup, which went viral. The messages, said Aqib, began pouring in late night.
“This is Er.Rasheed. Give me ur address i want to meet u ,” the first SMS at 9.32 pm read. Five minutes later another text message was received from the same number, 9906000840. “I can find u. Who gave u right to insult me.”
However, it did not stop at that. The next day, Aqib received messages and unsolicited phone calls from another number, 9906663777.
“Phone pick up Karo (Answer the phone). I will get u from graveyard also ,” the message read.
“Don’t worry you will be soon at the right place.”
The one-sided messages went on for half an hour around midnight, said Aquib.
“Zameen say Nikal doun ga (I will dig you from the ground). Kub tuk chopoo gay (how long are you going to hide). Am coming to university tomorrow. Will take you to task.”
Another message read: “Tahreek (separatist movement) ka mama hay kya (are you related to the separatist movement). Who gave you permission to play with my honour and upload vedio on social media. Either prove I am wrong or apologise, Otherwise be ready for consequences .” (FirstPost)
screenshots of the text messages that Kashmir University student Aqib Malik received on his phone