Violence erupted in Varanasi following protests over Ganesha idol immersion


The violence took place on Monday during a protest against police action last month on a religious procession during the immersion of Ganesha idols in Ganga.
Many parts of Prime Minister’s constituency were under curfew in the wake of violent clashes between protesters and the police in Varanasi Uttar Pradesh.
Several religious leaders took out a protest march in the afternoon and locals also joined in.
When the march reached a key crossing in the city, there was stone throwing between the police and protesters, who allegedly burnt six vehicles including two police jeeps.
Clashes had broken out between police and protesters and the police had resorted to lathi charge to disperse the protesters. The mob also indulged in arson, setting afire a police picket, a police jeep, a motorbike and some shops in Godowlia area under Dashashwamedh police station, they said.

 The police also used batons again. Police lathi-charge on a religious leader and his followers, who were heading to the banks of river Ganga for the immersion ritual, led to anger on September 21 and 23 last Month. 

The Allahabad High Court in 2013 had ordered a complete ban on the immersion of idols in the Ganga and Yamuna to keep a check on increasing pollution in the rivers.

 The Curfew in the area of Dashashwamedh, Chowk, Kotwali and Luxa was imposed for
 a short period on Monday. Schools and colleges in the city will remain closed today.

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