Day curfew was on Thursday lifted in Jalandhar, Phagwara, Hoshiarpur, Malout and Ludhiana in Punjab following improvement in the situation in the areas hit by violence following the attack on a sect leader in Vienna.
All shops and other commercial establishments reopenend after three days in the trouble-torn regions of the state after lifting of daytime curfew, officials said.
Curfew has been relaxed till six pm.
Train and bus services have been restored, they said.
However, as a precautionary measure, educational institutions remained closed in the disturbed areas, the officials said.
Meanwhile, Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner A S Pannu said the body of slain Dera leader Sant Rama Nand will be flown from Vienna to Amritsar in a couple of days from where it will be taken to the sect's headquarters Ballan in Jalandhar district.
While para-military forces have been sent back to the barracks, state police continue to be deployed in sensitive points in Jalandhar district, which was worst-hit by the violence
Twenty-three people have been arrested across the state for indulging in arson.Punjab witnessed large-scale violence and arson after followers of Sikh religious sect Dera Sachkhand Ballan took to the streets on Sunday night in protest against the attack on their leaders in a Vienna Gurudwara.