The state government had earlier imposed restrictions on immersions after 10 pm on Vijay Dashami (Dussehra) on September 30 and had said that no immersion would be allowed on Muharram scheduled to be observed on October 1.
Shortly after the government’s decision to not appeal against the court’s order, West Bengal Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya on Friday told ANI that permission on Durga idol immersion will be granted depending on the circumstances and situation.
The Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed the immersion of idols till 12 am on all days including Muharram. The police have also been asked to ensure that routes are designated for immersion and Tazia so that they do not overlap.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had, in a notification on August 23, said that idol immersion will stop for a period of 24 hours on account of Muharram observations on October 1.
The order came a day after the High Court slammed the Mamata Banerjee government for hindering a citizen’s right to practise religion on the basis of a mere assumption of law and order disruption.
“It is sad that one has to meet the CM to get a bed for treatment… Doesn’t this mean we were being refused despite beds being available?” SSKM Hospital did not respond to calls for a comment.
Following the unrest in Darjeeling hills, all 45 elected members of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), including its Chief Executive Bimal Gurung, had resigned from the administrative body.
“If you say there is complete harmony, are you (the state administration) not creating a line of division between the two communities by your action?” asked Justice Tandon.
“If there are any terrorists, the government will take action against them. But the commoner must not suffer. If the commoner suffers, then humanity suffers,” Mamata said
“I feel that all commoners are not terrorists. There might be some terrorists in that community who should be considered as terrorists. But they must not be confused with commoners. There is a difference between them,” Banerjee said.
Vijayvargiya said, “It is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Though it falls under the Assembly constituency of the chief minister, the area and the temple are neglected”
“Peace has returned to Darjeeling Hills. Some people have also rejoined work from today,” Banerjee said
“What we had said is that on the day of Ekadashi on October 1, there will be no immersions. Muharram, which is an occasion of mourning by the Muslim community, falls on the same date. Immersion will resume as usual from October 2 to 4,” Mamata Banerjee said
Last month, the West Bengal government had triggered a controversy after Mamata Banerjee told that the immersion of Durga idols would not be allowed after 6 PM on September 30 and on October 1 on account of Muharram.
Over 30,000 replicas of the banned Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes have been printed to serve as leaves of the “money tree”