Nod for immersion on Muharram if situation found fit: West Bengal government

Durga idol immersion Kamal Haasan Dawood Top stories of the day

Durga idol immersion Kamal Haasan Dawood Top stories of the day

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. The state had restricted immersions from 6 pm on September 30 till October 1, the day of Muharram. "Prohibition means that you are taking last step first". The High Court had ruled yesterday that the state government can not ban Durga idol immersions during Muharram. The chief minister directed top police officials to ensure that the puja committee in each area seek prior permission from the local police station about immersion and the routes to be taken.The government also sought the assistance of the local representatives to cooperate with the administration and the police to maintain peace and harmony among the different faiths and communities.

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 worldwide border would be put on alert on immersion days to avoid any untoward incident, the official said. "If you get a dream, that something will go wrong, you can not impose restrictions", the Acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court said. "Even I had to call the control room to verify a message I had received". He also said that the high court order has a provision of "immersion as permissible". During arguments, the court had said a state "cannot hinder a citizen's right to practice religion assuming that there will be law and order problems". "If anybody tries to spread rumour and cause disturbance, we will deal with that person strictly", the DGP said.

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The West Bengal's Home Secretary said that everything regarding permission will depend on circumstances and situation. But a day later, it seems the chief minister has changed her mind.

On the Calcutta High Court order yesterday on immersion, the governor said, "It is not a judgement in favour or against anybody".

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