Calcutta High Court reverses West Bengal government’s order on immersion of Durga idol

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Calcutta High Court on Thursday reversed the West Bengal government’s order postponing the immersion of Durga idol by a day keeping Muharram procession planned for the same day in mind.

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Fearing law and order, the Mamata Banerjee-led government had decided to allow the immersion of Durga idol on Vijaya Dashmi until 10 PM on 30 September. According to the order, immersion was banned for 1 October keeping Muharram procession in mind.

However, after a harsh observation on Wednesday, Calcutta High Court on Thursday asked the government to create separate route for people observing their respective religious practices.

On Thursday the chief justice of Calcutta High Court, Rakesh Tiwary, had said, “Let them (Hindus and Muslims) live in harmony, do not create a line between them.”

With Muharram scheduled a day after Dussera this year, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the people on Wednesday to cooperate with each other and not to fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.

Some quarters may try to instigate people to flare up communal tension and there are people who may try to take political advantage of this, Banerjee said, addressing a meeting of Durga Puja committees in the evening.

BJP has lately been desperately trying to gain foothold in Bengal but has not succeeded in winning too many assembly or Lok Sabha seats. Many Trinamool leaders say that one of the ways the BJP would plan to extract electoral mileage in Bengal is by causing communal disturbances and polarising votes,

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