London, Sept.5 : Splashing out 25,000 pounds to buy lunch boxes for Muslim terrorists and criminals, has landed prison bosses in Britain in trouble.
According to The Sun, the containers were handed out to nearly 250 inmates to keep their dinners warm in their cells during the Muslim festival of Ramadan.
The bright yellow metal flasks were issued to all Muslim prisoners in London's top-security Belmarsh Jail, which houses scores of convicted and suspected terrorists.
They include hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza, 48, serving seven years for incitement to murder and racial hatred.
Prison officers said that they feared the 18 inch long containers - looking like a tool box - could be used as a lethal weapon.
The boxes allow prisoners to keep meals warm until darkness when they are allowed to eat at the end of the fasting period during Ramadan, which began on Monday.
"It's madness to allow dangerous prisoners to have a metal box with handles. These are not petty criminals - these are hardened terrorists, one prison guard was quoted, as saying.
Another source said: "What is even crazier is that dinner is usually still going on at 7 p.m. and it gets dark soon after 8 p.m. The food hardly has time to go cold!"
Last night the Prison Service said: "The purpose of prison is to deprive offenders of their liberty as a punishment for crimes committed. It is not there to restrict religious beliefs and practices. HMP Belmarsh provides flasks for the Ramadan fast, which allow Muslim prisoners keep food warm for the evening meal."