Saudi Cleric execution: Curfew like restrictions imposed in J-K

Srinagar, Jan. 4 (ANI): Authorities have imposed curfew like restriction in several areas of Jammu and Kashmir as precaution to prevent protests in the wake of the execution of Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr which has sparked protests.

The Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr, was executed by the Saudi authorities among 47 others on Saturday on charges of sponsoring terrorism.

Yesterday, dozens of protesters were taken into preventive custody in Kashmir as protests were held in Shia-populated pockets of capital Srinagar and neighbouring Budgam district.

They were later released late evening. Members of Shia community held protests in Lal Chowk, Zadibal, Rainawari and Saidakdal localities in the city.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran after the execution of the cleric and Iran’s diplomatic mission and related entities in Saudi were been given 48 hours to leave. (ANI)

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