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Security Howler In Varanasi, Police Discover Underground ‘Mini City’ Coming Up Near Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Swarajya Staff

Jan 17, 2018, 03:50 PM | Updated 03:49 PM IST

Varanasi is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)
Varanasi is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)

Pointing to the glaring inefficiency of the security apparatus in Prime Minister Modi’s constituency Varanasi, an underground ‘mini city’ has been unearthed close to the highly sensitive Kashi Vishwanath temple, reported Dainik Jagran.

The complex which has been uncovered, surrounding a mosque, comprises an area of roughly 5,000 square meters (40 biswas), and includes several chambers, making it resemble an underground market . Almost the entire area around the Langda Hafiz mosque had been dug up, with the local municipal authorities and local police woefully uninformed of the activity.

The structure was discovered in Dalmandi area in Varanasi, during a routine inspection of the anti-encroachment drive in the area. Checking up on the construction going on in the basement of an old house in the area, the area Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) R.K. Bhardwaj, discovered the illegal underground complex stretching far and wide.

Kashi Vishwanath is one of the holiest shrines for Hindus, and Varanasi, being PM Modi’s constituency, is always on the terror radar. The discovery of a huge underground complex, so close to the temple, and unknown to the local authorities as well as the security agencies, hence comes off as a huge security lapse.


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