Metal detectors, dog squads: reinforced security in Sarnath ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to arrive in Varanasi at 2 p.m. Monday, would also see the sound and light show at an archaeological site in Sarnath that he had opened earlier this month. The 30-minute show portrays the journey of transformation from Prince Siddhartha into Lord Buddha.
Located 10 kilometers northeast of Varanasi, Sarnath is a Buddhist holy site where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. The deer park is where he first taught the Dharma.
The archaeological museum and the excavation site in Sarnath are closed to the general public and tourists from Saturday due to the visit of PM Modi.
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“The entry of tourists and commoners to the archaeological excavation site and the archaeological museum has been banned from Saturday to November 30 by instructions of the district administration,” said Sarnath’s supervising archaeologist Neeraj Sinha.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened in the area and with the deployment of the police, strict arrangements have been put in place, a senior police official said. A team from the Special Protection Group (SPG) had inspected the site and reviewed the security arrangements, it added.
A security official also noted that teams equipped with metal detectors have been instructed to regularly patrol the site and a squad of dogs has also been deployed.
In addition to the visit to Sarnath, Modi will launch the Varanasi-Prayagraj highway project and participate in the Deepotsav celebrations on the ghat (bank) of the Ganges river. I would also visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor Project site to check on its progress.