Mamata Banerjee devises new plan on Durga idol immersion

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West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, had devised a new plan on Durga idol immersion in view of the Calcutta High Court order revoking her earlier ban for 1 October.

Mamata Banerjee

Under the new provision, people will have to acquire police permission if they wish to immerse Durga idols on the day of Muharram processions and this, according to the bureaucrats in the state government, will be well within the order of the High Court.

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After a high level meeting chaired by Banerjee, the state’s home secretary, Atri Bhattacharya, said, “Depending on circumstances and situation, wherever found fit permission will be granted and wherever there are problems permission will not be granted.”

Banerjee reportedly held a high-level meeting with her top bureaucrats, who advised her to made the prior police permission mandatory for immersion on 1 October. Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, according to NDTV, said that cops hadn’t received any request for immersion of idols on Ekadashi, 1 October. He said that “standard procedures will be followed” when someone seeks a formal permission.

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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, on Thursday the chief justice of Calcutta High Court, Rakesh Tiwary, had reversed the state government’s order and told the government, “Let them (Hindus and Muslims) live in harmony, do not create a line between them.”

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Reacting to the High Court’s order, Banerjee had said that she will do anything possible to keep the peace in the state. “Someone can slit my throat but no one can tell me what to do. I will do what I can to keep peace,” Banerjee was quoted by news agency ANI.

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