Security beefed up in Varanasi

May 27th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by admin  

Varanasi, May 27 (ANI): In the wake of recent serial blasts in Jaipur, authorities have beefed up security in Varanasi on the banks of River Ganga during morning prayers.

The picturesque banks are famous across the world for the variety of religious activity by Hindus devotees.

Authorities said that all measures have been taken to ensure safety and security of the pilgrims at the holy place.

They said that the security checks are conducted like a ritual and nobody is allowed to enter the banks before the anti-sabotage check is conducted.

“At around 5 a.m. in the morning, the ‘ghat’ (river bank) is washed thoroughly and then we conduct the anti-sabotage test. Only after that we allow the people to sit at the ghat for the morning prayers and offerings,” said Rajesh Kumar, Circle Officer, Varanasi.

However, stern security checks have not deterred devotees from thronging the temples.

But some of the pilgrims said that more measures are needed to ensure security of thousands of people visiting the city.

“The place is so crowded that police is unable to check all the devotees present at the ‘ghat’. I feel that more personnel should be deployed and there should also be entry gates from where people should enter after thorough check,” said Rakesh Dwivedi, a visitor.

Police said that security has been tightened not only in Varanasi but also across prominent temples in entire Uttar Pradesh.

In March, two blasts had rocked Varanasi town killing at least 15 people and injuring several more. (ANI)

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