Varanasi: Pens and toys will not be allowed into the Gyanwapi-Kashi Vishwanath complex here.

Additional Police Superintendent (Gyanwapi-Security) Jugal Kishore Tiwari said here on Wednesday that taking pens inside the complex — housing the world famous Kashi Vishwanath temple — had been banned with immediate effect. The move followed intelligence inputs about a security threat from explosives in pens.

“Similar explosives have been used by some militants in the United States and other countries, and the decision to ban pens in the complex has been taken keeping this in mind,” he said.

Mr. Tiwari, however, said the ban would not apply to those residing in the red zone of the complex, the most sensitive of the three-tier security. Besides, accredited journalists would be allowed to carry pens into the complex.

All types of toys, especially electronic ones, had also been banned for security reasons, he said. — UNI

via Hindu