varanasi curfew

The curfew, which was imposed in Varanasi on Monday evening over violent protests, has been lifted, according to latest reports.

However, all schools and colleges will reportedly be shut down on Tuesday. Additional police force have been deployed across the city.

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

The Uttar Pradesh government imposed curfew in various parts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency after protesters set ablaze shops and police vehicles over the Ganesh idol immersion row.

The curfew was imposed in four areas coming under Dashashwamedh, Kotwali, Luxa and Chowk police stations.

A march led by Swami Avimukteshawaranand Saraswati heading to Dashashwamedh turned violent in the afternoon 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.