Pashupati Area Development Trust along with the help of Gaushala Police Station are able to declare Pashupati Area as a marijuana-free zone, since Shivaratri is just a few days away.
If anybody found dealing around Pashupati Area the local police are authorized to interrogate any suspected visitors or priests around the premises. Local authority is taking this move in view of the upcoming Mahashivaratri festival, which falls on February 13, this year.
During the festival period, around thousands of devotes including shadus will be visiting the holy place from different parts of country and other south Indian countries like India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka.
Mostly drug peddlers in the guise of sadhus sell marijuana to drug abusers, according to PADT Secretary Pradeep Dhakal. He added that even sadhus wouldn’’t be allowed to carry or smoke marijuana on the temple’s premises.
The law prohibits use, purchase and sale marijuana. Pashupatinath temple covers an area of 264 hectares and people indulging in drugs in Gujeshowri, Mrigasthali, Biswarup and Ram Mandir areas is a common sight, according to police.