Varanasi: As part of intensified security arrangements on the Gyanwapi-Kashi Vishwanath premises, a team of grey-uniformed commandos have been deployed at the highly sensitive complex here.

The commandos, from the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and aged under 40, have been inducted into the security at the complex from Friday last, Additional Superintendent of Police (Gyanwapi) Jugal Kishore Tiwari told UNI here on Sunday.

Equipped with latest automatic weapons, communication and night vision devices, they have been trained by the National Security Gaurds(NSG), the Army and the Border Security Force have trained them.

"They will be the striking force of Gyanwapi security deployed in the Yellow Zone, the second most sensitive zone after the Red Zone, where the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of the CRPF is ready," Mr. Tiwari said.

The deployment is in line with the change in government policy to introduce proactive security by stationing commandos in Kashi, Mathura and Ayodhya, after the July 5 2005 "fidayeen" strike at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya, Mr. Tiwari added.