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

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The Calcutta High Court on Thursday had allowed immersion of Durga idols in West Bengal on all days including Muharram.

Speaking to News18.com, Banerjee claimed the media had "erred" in reporting that the High Court had revoked the government's ban on idol immersion on Muharram, October 1.

A day after the Calcutta High Court allowed Durga idol immersions on all days from Vijaya Dashami on September 30, the West Bengal government on Friday decided that the police will ask puja organisers to take permission for immersion on Muharram on October 1.

The chief minister earlier in the day held a meeting with some ministers, top police officials and the SPs from Hooghly, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts on the immersion issue.

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"There is no question of any tension.We all owe a duty towards both the communities to ensure that the religious occasions are observed peacefully", he told reporters here. It was decided in the meeting, headed by chief minister, Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat of Nabanna here on Friday. 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. It also asked the state government to chalk out designated routes for immersion and tazia processions.

Trinamool Lok Sabha MP and lawyer Kalyan Banerjee informed about the government's move before the BJP could jump to encash the political mileage over the ruling ahead of the festive season. Government sources had told HT that a "possible petition" of West Bengal government would counter the High Court's judgement in the apex court. "If found fit, then the police will issue permission". "Actually, the court's verdict went in our favour", he said.

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.

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