In Bhiwani, one of the worst-affected districts in the agitation, authorities gave a four-hour relaxation in curfew as the situation was improving, officials said.

The curfew was lifted from Hisar and its nearby town Hansi, though prohibitory orders under Section 144 banning assembly of five or more persons will remain in force.

Day-long relaxation in curfew was given in Rohtak, the epicentre of the pro quota agitation in Haryana, where extensive damage has been caused to property that includes destruction of many shops, showrooms, hotels, malls and vehicles.

"The situation is peaceful in Rohtak city today. No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere," a senior police official said.

Both Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who visited Rohtak yesterday, had to face the ire of traders and shopkeepers, who had suffered heavy losses.

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