No Durga Idol Immersion Without Police Permission: Mamata Banerjee

Geneva Matthews
September 23, 2017

Mamata Banerjee faced severe criticism from various segments of society, following which the Calcutta High Court reverted her decision and criticized her as well as the Kolkata Police for their supposed inability at managing both religious activities in parallel. The state had restricted immersions from 6 pm on September 30 till October 1, the day of Muharram. "We are taking steps to prevent spread of misinformation", Banerjee said after inaugurating a puja pandal here.

The new order by the chief minister requires prior police permission for the idol immersion in her state on October 1 (Muharram).

The bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwary gave the orders while hearing three PILs challenging the restrictions on immersion of idols at the end of the five-day Durga Puja festival.

The meeting, also attended by some ministers and senior police officers, including the state Director General of Police (DGP), decided that the superintendents of police (SPs) in the districts having global border would be put on alert on immersion days to avoid any untoward incident, the official said. Meanwhile, in another jolt to state government, Vishwa Hindu Parishad has got permission from Calcutta High Court for "Sashtra pujan". "Contact the nearest police station in case you need to cross-check a message". He also said that the high court order has a provision of "immersion as permissible".

The officer also appealed the people not to be misguided by social media posts and said strict action would be taken if anybody posts provocative messages on social media. The authorities are anxious that people from outside may try to foment trouble.

The West Bengal's Home Secretary said that everything regarding permission will depend on circumstances and situation. In fact, a decade ago, after the order of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a riot broke out. Needless to say, the decision had not gone down well with the Hindus in the state and the BJP.

On Thursday, the High Court had termed Mamata's earlier order Muharram as "arbitrary".

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