Mamata won't allow? Now, wants police permission for idol immersion on Muharram

Pauline Gross
September 23, 2017

The state government's decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the chief minister after her government chose to not challenge the high court's landmark ruling at the apex court to avoid further controversy. Read Also: Actress Kajol with mom Tanuja unveils the first look of North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga idolElected public representatives of Trinamool Congress will try to persuade such applicants to refrain from insisting immersion on October 1. "We are taking steps to prevent spread of misinformation", Banerjee said after inaugurating a puja pandal here.

The state government's restrictions on Durga idol immersion after 10 pm and ban on immersions on Muharram day had triggered a furore, with the BJP accusing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of playing the "politics of appeasement".

The order says those planning immersion of Durga idols must seek permission from the police. "Contact the nearest police station in case you need to cross-check a message". "Even I had to call the control room to verify a message I had received". During arguments, the court had said a state "cannot hinder a citizen's right to practice religion assuming that there will be law and order problems".

"In the court's order, it is categorically mentioned that the immersion is only allowed if "found permissible".

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The communal tension concerning the celebration of Vijaya Dashami and Muharram procession in West Bengal this year is seemingly turning to be sourer with each passing day. The authorities are anxious that people from outside may try to foment trouble. "The administration must ensure that both the communities can organise their religious occasions peacefully".

On the Calcutta High Court order yesterday on immersion, the governor said, "It is not a judgement in favour or against anybody".

He said the state police have already conducted several meetings at various levels to maintain peace and harmony during the festive season.

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