Massive protests erupted in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam after the Indian army allegedly removed and set a photograph of slain Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani on fire on Tuesday.
Locals alleged that an Army officer removed the photograph of Soleimani from the wall of a house and burnt it down in Mulbuchan village which is less than a kilometer away from Magam town.
People staged a massive protest in Magam town after the incident which also turned violent as locals clashed with armed forces. Protesters shouted slogans against the Indian Army.
Sources told a local news agency that the Army officer identified as Commanding Officer 2 RR, Colonel Raman had removed the photograph.
He later visited the same house in Malbuchan village and re-installed the photograph of Qasem Soleimani. The Army officer was accompanied by Tehsildar for Pattan. “The officer apologized to the people present in the village and re-installed the photograph of the slain Iranian military commander,” local reports said.
Senior Police and civil officers visited the spot & talked to the locals. The officers assured the locals that allegations are being enquired into, the police said in a statement.