Stepping up the security measures at the sensitive Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi, authorities have prohibited items like pen, book, toys and match sticks inside the compound.
"We have decided to ban pen, book, toys, match sticks, tiffins, etc inside the shrine complex as these items could be potentially used by the terrorist and subversive elements as explosives," Additional Superintendent of Police, Security, Jugal Kishore Tiwari said.
The para-military and the police forces deployed at the shrines have been directed to ensure rigorous checking of the pilgrims so that the banned goods did not reach inside the complex, he said.
Tiwari, who is incharge of the security arrangements at the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex, also urged the pilgrims to cooperate with the security personnel.
Referring to the threat perceptions to the sensitive religious shrine, he said the temple city in general and the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex in particular, have been under constant threat from the terrorist and subversive elements.
The security measures at the shrine have been upgraded from time to time on the basis of the intelligence inputs and directives of the high-powered committee set up by the state government to review the security arrangements of shrines at Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi, he said.