No Durga Idol Immersion Without Police Permission: Mamata Banerjee

Frederick Owens
September 23, 2017

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reacted sharply on the Calcutta High Court order and said, "Someone can slit my throat but no one can tell me what to do".

The state government had imposed restrictions on Durga idol immersion on Vijaydashami on September 30 after 10 pm and said no immersion would be allowed on October 1, the day Muharram is scheduled to be observed. "The state government is empowered to take the call on whether it is conducive to allow immersion on 1 October or not", he added.

"If you get a dream, that something will go wrong, you can not impose restrictions", the Calcutta High Court told the West Bengal government.

Mamata Banerjee had angrily reacted to the Calcutta High Court's verdict on Durga idol immersion on Thrusday.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday confirmed that the party has decided not to challenge it in the Supreme Court, according to CNN-News18.

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He also pointed out that the order was misinterpreted as a setback to the state government on Thursday by those who wanted to reap political benefits out of it.

The decision to not move the apex court was taken following the state government's consultation with veteran Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal. It was decided in the high-level meeting on Friday that if any puja organizer insisted on immersing the idol October 1, submission of application to the local police station needs to be done in advance.

Kumar said, "It has come to our notice that some people are trying to spread rumours using social media". The police administration has been asked to get prepared with two alternative routes for processions as Muharram and Durga Puja are coinciding festivals in advance. But now the state government has decided not to go in appeal.

The court had even directed the West Bengal government to make necessary security arrangements and asked the state government to chalk out designated routes for immersion and tazia processions.

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