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Ruling lawmakers in Kashmir punch and kick opposition member for serving beef at party

  • Engineer Rashid Ahmed, a Jammu and Kashmir state lawmaker, shouts as he protests inside the state legislature house in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kashmir kicked and punched Ahmed, independent member of the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Engineer Rashid Ahmed, a Jammu and Kashmir state lawmaker, shouts as he protests inside the state legislature house in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kashmir kicked and punched Ahmed, independent member of the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir state Mufti Mohammad Sayeed gestures as he sits inside the state legislature house in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kashmir kicked and punched Rashid Ahmed, independent member of the state assembly, on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir state Mufti Mohammad Sayeed gestures as he sits inside the state legislature house in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kashmir kicked and punched Rashid Ahmed, independent member of the state assembly, on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Engineer Rashid Ahmed, a Jammu and Kashmir state lawmaker, speaks to the media in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kashmir kicked and punched Ahmed, independent member of the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Engineer Rashid Ahmed, a Jammu and Kashmir state lawmaker, speaks to the media in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kashmir kicked and punched Ahmed, independent member of the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party in Kashmir have kicked and punched an independent member of the state assembly for hosting a party where he served beef.

Hindus consider the cow to be sacred, and slaughtering of cows is banned in most Indian states.

Bharatiya Janata Party members beat lawmaker Rashid Ahmed, a Muslim, in the assembly soon after its session began Thursday.

Other opposition lawmakers rescued Ahmed and later staged a walkout.

The ruling party lawmakers were angry over a party hosted by Ahmed the previous night at which he served beef.

Differences have deepened within Kashmir's ruling coalition, with the Hindu nationalist party demanding a ban on slaughtering cows and selling beef in the Muslim-majority state.