China is battling ETIM militants in Xinjiang, who reportedly have links with Islamic State. The province has seen protests by majority Uygur Muslims over increasing settlements of the Han community from other parts of China.
The verse on the billboard has been translated as “Show respect to cows as it is the leader of all bovines. Its milk, ghee and butter have therapeutic properties and its meat is the cause of several diseases’’.
Police investigation has revealed that the accused did not inform the archeology department about being in possession of the ancient Quran though it is mandatory while holding any type of antique goods.