On Monday evening, the curfew, that was imposed in various parts of PM Modi constituency Varanasi after violence occurred during the ‘anyay pratikar yatra’ taken out by seers in protest against lathi-charge on batuks and sadhus (religious scholars), now being uplifted in the city.
District magistrate Rajmani Yadav and Divisional commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarn, in a joint statement, said “Curfew was imposed for only two hours in areas under four police stations to disperse the crowd and maintain law and order situation. It has been lifted. The section 144, which is already in force, will be enforced in an effective way.” About two dozen people were taken into custody.
The unidentified mob also involved in stone-pelting, harming 10 persons, including six police personnel, one of whom maintained a serious damage. A reporter of the top newspaper was also injUred. Police used water canon and tear gas to scatter the group.
The violence occurred around 3.30pm when the yatra, taken out from town corridor park, was only 100 meters far from Godowlia convergence on route to its climax point at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.
The stone-pelting set off a minor stampede. The crowd harmed a fire-tender which came to the Godowlia intersection to splash the flares at the police booth there.
A few ladies tourists, who were returning home subsequent to taking a dip in the river Ganga, were apparently gotten in the scuffle and managed wounds.
Store police power turned to a stick charge to scatter the crowd. Police workforce, drove by region police boss Akash Kulhari, heaved poisonous gas shells to control the circumstance.
Divisional official Nitin Ramesh Gokarn affirmed that the time limitation was forced in four police headquarters territories in the city.