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Ascetics participate in a march organised to protest against ban on immersion of idols in the Ganga river in Varanasi, on 5 October 2015IANS

[Breaking: Varanasi curfew lifted: Schools, colleges to be closed on Tuesday in Uttar Pradesh]

After protesters set ablaze shops and police vehicles over the Ganesh idol immersion row in Varanasi, curfew has been imposed in various parts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency on Monday evening, as per reports.

A march led by Swami Avimukteshawaranand Saraswati heading to Dashashwamedh turned violent when some of the demonstrators belonging to the Hindu Yuva Vahini reportedly resorted to brickbatting against the police.

The agitators were protesting the police baton-charge on a 22 September religious procession that was heading towards Ganga to immerse Ganesha idol in the suburbs of Varanasi.

The curfew was imposed in four areas coming under Dashashwamedh, Kotwali, Luxa and Chowk police stations, where protests turned violent, said reports.

Several protesters have been injured in the clash after the Uttar Pradesh police have resorted to lathicharge and tear gas shelling to turn away the violent demonstrators.

Sadhvi Prachi, who was also present at the seers' march, reportedly alleged that the police have brutally beaten up protesters.

The hastag #VaranasiKiVaatLagGayi has also been trending on Twitter since Tuesday morning.

Watch video of protesters setting vehicles afire: