Days after the Deshapriya Park puja in south Kolkata was shut down following a stampede-like situation, the organisers decided to dismantle the 88-feet tall Durga idol and hand it over to the government.
“Our committee president has had a word with government officials and plans to visit Rabindra Sarobar and Eco Park next week to decide the best place to keep the Durga idol. The dismantling will begin tomorrow and take place in seven to 10 days,” said Sudipta Kumar, secretary of the organising committee, Deshapriya Park Durgotsav.
Asked about legal action to be taken as promised by Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha against the puja committee, Rajiv Mishra, joint commissioner (headquarters) said, “A case has already been initiated and investigation into the matter is already on.”
Kumar, however, claimed that no action had been taken against them so far by the police but added that in case it is done, they are ready to counter it legally. “This is the 78th year of the puja and we had stuck to all the norms. If legal steps are taken against us, we will fight it legally and produce all the papers that prove that we had necessary clearances,” he said.
Kumar, who is the brother of local councillor and MMIC Debasish Kumar, clarified that his political connection had nothing to do with getting clearance for the puja easily. “My brother is not even in the committee. We had procured all necessary permits for this,” he said.