Amid the immersion row in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee government on Friday said that Durga Puja committees would have permission from police for immersing the idols on October 1. This time the date of immersion is clashing with Muharram. As per a report by The Indian Express, the decision comes a day after the Calcutta High Court had put a stay on the restrictions on idol immersion that was imposed by the Bengal government. The step to restrict the immersion was taken to avoid overlap with Muharram processions.
Atri Bhattacharya, West Bengal Home Secretary said,”The honourable court has said two things. One is that none of three almanacks mentions idol immersion on Ekadashi (October 1). The court has also said that immersion and processions be allowed as found permissible. Therefore, depending upon circumstances and situations, wherever found fit, permission will be granted, wherever there are problems permission will not be granted,” reported IE.
The Mamata Banerjee government said the police have the choice to grant permission for immersion of idol on October 1. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by CM Banerjee.
However, BJP claims that the High Court’s decision was to grant permission on October 1. West Bengal BJP general secretary, Sayantan Basu said, “The court said permission would have to be granted. The state government can change the route of the procession but it cannot deny permission. If we get a single report of permission being denied, we will file a contempt of court case,” reported the Indian Express.
The West Bengal CM held a meeting with top officers in the government on Friday and as per IE sources Banerjee asked the police to draw alternate routes for idol immersion and Muharram procession in advance added the report.