No Durga Idol Immersion Without Police Permission: Mamata Banerjee

Trevor Jackson
September 23, 2017

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.

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.

"You are exercising extreme power without any basis", the Calcutta High Court said in sharp comments on the order banning immersions after 10 pm on September 30 - when Durga Puja ends - and on Muharram a day later.

Questioning the West Bengal government's curbs on Durga idol immersion, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday said the state can not hinder a citizen's right to practise religion on the basis of a mere assumption of law and order disruption and must provide sound reasons for doing so.

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 administration must ensure that both the communities can organise their religious occasions peacefully".

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However, she issued a new order that says those who are planning Durga Puja idol immersion will need prior permission from the West Bengal government.

The organisers will be allowed to do so only once they get clearance from the police. It also asked the state government to chalk out designated routes for immersion and tazia processions.

They further said, "If you (State Government) get a dream, that something will go wrong, you can not impose restrictions".

"The move to approach the Supreme Court was cancelled after the high court's ruling was discussed with Sibal. If found fit, then the police will issue permission". "So the order has been in our favour", Kalyan Banerjee said. But now the state government has decided not to go in appeal.

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