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Protests in Kashmir and Lucknow occurred to protest the execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. Picture: Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims fall as they are chased away by Indian police officers in Srinagar January 3, 2016.reuters

Repercussions of the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia were felt as far as in Srinagar, where certain areas were put under curfew-like restrictions on Monday, and Lucknow.

In order to prevent protests by the Shia community condemning the execution of the Shiite cleric and activist, Rainawari and Zadibal in Srinagar have been put under restrictions and areas of the Budgam district have been shut down.

Saidakadal in Srinagar was witness to a procession of hundreds who carried black flags and picture of the Shiite cleric on Sunday, which eventually led to skirmishes with the police as it tried to stop the procession. Protests also broke out in the Budgam district, which is known to have a large shia community living there.

Protests also took place in Lucknow led by Imam-e-Juma Maulana Kalbe Jawwad.

"These people (Saudi Arabia) are killing both Shias and Sunnis so both the communities should unite and boycott them socially," Jawaad was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

"One Shia cleric was hanged just because he was raising his voice for minorities' rights and sheltering of terrorism by Saudi Arabia," said Sunni cleric Maulana Hasnain Baqai, who participated in the protest.

Nimr al-Nimr, a Shia cleric based in Saudi Arabia, had been executed with 46 others who were vocal in their criticism of the ruling Sunni community and the royal family of the country, as well as Sunni residents who were found to have links to al-Qaeda.

The execution had elicited outrage from the international community, with the Iranian Supreme Leader saying Saudi's rulers would face the "divine hand of revenge".

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran had also been ransacked by protestors.