06/10/2015 10:00 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Curfew Lifted In Varanasi But Schools And Colleges To Remain Closed

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VARANASI, INDIA - OCTOBER 5: Vehicles set ablaze by angry mob in widespread violence and arson during a procession by seers and local politicians on October 5, 2015 in Varanasi, India. The violence broke out when some miscreants in the crowd resorted to stone-pelting at policemen during a march by seers and some other locals to protest against the incident of lathicharge on them during their dharna staged between September 21 and 23. A few shops, a police booth and a number of vehicles were set ablaze by the mobs which also vandalised public property. The Curfew was imposed in various parts of Varanasi at around 4.30 pm to bring the situation under control and it was lifted after a few hours. (Photo by Rajesh Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

VARANASI -- Curfew was lifted here from all areas after tension gripped the state as several protesters took to streets over the Ganesha idol immersion and clashes broke out between police and agitating saints.

The curfew had been imposed in Kotwali, Dashashwamedh, Chowk and Luxa areas after the violent protests.

According to reports, despite the curfew being lifted, prohibitory orders under section 144 will be enforced and schools and colleges will remain close today.

Earlier, the police had resorted to lathi charge to disperse the protesters, who had set several vehicles on fire including a police jeep.

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