7 injured in clashes with Police in Budgam

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar Feb 15 : At least seven people including a girl were injured in clashes that erupted in Magam area of Budgam district where some army personnel allegedly burnt the picture of Qasim Solemani, a former Iranian army commander.
Solemani was an Iranian military officer who was killed in a drone attack at Baghdad International Airport a few years back.
The locals protested against the Army for allegedly setting the picture of Qasim Solemani ablaze.
“We will continue to protest till there is an apology from the involved army men,” a local protestor said.
Police used tear smoke shells, pellets and mild lathi charge to chase away the protestors. In the clashes, officials said that seven persons sustained injuries who were identified as Dilawar Ahmad Bhat son of Ali Mohammad of Yagipora Magam, Gulshan daughter of Mohammad Maqbool of Yagipora Magam, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat son of Gulam Hassan of Yagipora Magam, Akhtar Hussain Dar son of Mohammad Jaffar Dar of Babapora Magam, Majid Hussain son of Hassan Malik of Sehpora,  Ubaid Ahmad Mir son of Altaf Hussain of Magam, and Irfana daughter of Saffdar Banka of Malbuchan.
All the injured were referred to Srinagar for treatment from SDH Magam.
A police spokesman said that today at 1 pm, people of village Mabuchan, Magam held protest at Magam main chowk alleging that a party of security forces while on patrol in the village misbehaved with locals of the village. “Senior police and civil officers visited the spot and talked to locals. Traffic has been restored and situation is under control,” he said, adding that the officers assured locals that allegations are being inquired into and necessary action, if required, shall be taken accordingly.
Meanwhile, a video that went viral showed an army officer apologising and re-installing the photograph of Solemani. The officer, however, was seen asking the people not to paste Solemani’s photographs in army uniform.