Varanasi: The district administration continued its anti-encroachment drive in the city for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday and bulldozed over two dozen illegal constructions to facilitate smooth traffic.

Police had to resort to lathicharge on several occasions to disperse the agitating crowd. Many of them were detained, but a few hours later they were released.

An anti-encroachment drive was launched on Saturday when several illegal constructions were demolished in areas near the Cantt railway station.