Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

No Durga Idol Immersion Without Police Permission: Mamata Banerjee

No Durga Idol Immersion Without Police Permission: Mamata Banerjee

The meeting comes a day after Calcutta High Court set aside the state government's order barring idol immersion on October 1 in view of Muharram. He also said that the high court order has a provision of "immersion as permissible".

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". Sources told the channel that puja committees, willing to do idol immersion on the day of Moharram, will have to take prior permission from the administration.

The court has also asked the West Bengal police to ensure separate routes are designated for Durga idol immersion by Hindus and for Tazia of Muslims.

There was initial confusion within the government on whether the high court had taken away the administration's right to accord permission to processions of both communities, but consultations with Supreme Court lawyer Kapil Sibal gave more clarity, officials said.

The court, in its ruling, had added that Durga idol immersion can continue till 12 a.m. on all days, including on Muharram. Now it is up to the state government to assess whether the immersion is permissible or not permissible. "Chief Minister has urged the police to keep special watch in the Indo- Bangladesh bordering areas as she has got some information that some Hindutva fanatic groups are planning to create problem in the areas over the immersion issue", said the state government official.

The government banned idol immersion after 10 p.m. on September 30 - Dashami - when the Durga Puja ends. "We are keeping strong vigil".

While observing that the "maintenance of law and order is within the domain of the State", the division bench pointed out that and the decision to prevent and protect any untoward incident should be founded on the "cogent and convincing material and not merely on one's perception".

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