Violence erupted in Varanasi today with mobs indulging in stone-pelting on police and setting ablaze a police picket and number of vehicles.
The violence broke out during a march by seers and some other locals, when some people in the crowd resorted to stone-pelting, police sources said.
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 here, they said.
Varanasi Ganesha idol immersion issue: Protesters set vehicles on fire, police lathi charge protesters pic.twitter.com/1iXXo5cmnj— ANI (@ANI_news) October 5, 2015
Thousands of people, including seers and locals, were taking out the protest march from Townhall to Dashashwamed Ghat against the incident of lathicharge on them during their dharna staged between 21 and 23 September for preventing them from immersing Ganesha idols in Ganga.
The dharna was called off after police used force on them in the midnight.
Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.