Hours after the Calcutta High Court lifted the restrictions on Durga idol immersion imposed by West Bengal government this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said, “I will do what I can to keep peace. Someone can slit my throat but no one can tell me what to do,” according to ANI.
In a setback to Banerjee, the Calcutta High Court today allowed immersion of Durga idols on all days from Vijayadashami on September 30, including on Muharram, and directed the West Bengal government to make necessary security arrangements. The decision was announced by a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari and Justice Harish Tandon. It asked the state government to chalk out designated routes for immersion and tazia processions for Hindus and Muslims respectively.
The HC said that the immersion of Durga idols would be held on all days from Vijayadashami on September 30, according to the Hindu almanac, including that on Muharram on October 1 when such processions were prohibited by the state administration earlier.
According to PTI, the HC bench has also directed the state government to put out advertisements giving information about the routes and also for ensuring amity and harmony between the communities.
The Calcutta high court also declined a plea of the Trinamool Congress government for a stay on the order, asking the state authorities to file an affidavit on the prayers made by the petitioners within three weeks after the puja holidays and the petitioners to give their reply within another two weeks.
Mamata government had imposed restrictions on Durga idol immersion on September 30, the Vijayadashami day, after 10 pm and said no immersion would be allowed on October one, the day Muharram is scheduled to be observed. The government order was challenged in the court through three public interest litigations (PILs).