A day after the Calcutta High Court allowed Durga idol immersions on all days from Vijaya Dashami on September 30, the West Bengal government said on Friday that permission will be granted for immersion on Muharram if the situation is "found to be fit".
At a meeting of top officials presided over by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, it was decided that the police would ask the puja organisers to take permission by Sunday, a senior state government official said.
West Bengal Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya told a press conference in Kolkata, "Depending on the circumstances and the situation, permission will be granted (for immersion on Muharram on October 1) wherever it is found to be fit." (Photo: PTI)
He said, "Wherever there are problems, permission will not be granted," he said. The chief minister said that her government would find a way out keeping in view the high court order. "There is nothing to worry. We are taking steps to prevent spread of misinformation," Banerjee said after inaugurating a puja pandal. (Photo: PTI)
The meeting, also attended by some ministers and senior police officers, including the state director general of police (DGP), decided that the superintendents of police (SPs) in the districts bordering Bangladesh would be put on alert on immersion days to avoid any untoward incident, the official said. (Image: AP/File)
The state government had earlier imposed restrictions on immersions after 10 pm on Vijay Dashami (Dussehra) on September 30 and said that no immersion would be allowed on Muharram scheduled to be observed on October 1. (Photo: PTI)
The home secretary said that to seek permission for immersion of the Durga idols, puja organisers were required to follow a standard protocol. He also cautioned the people about rumours in social media and said, "Verify any news you are receiving before forwarding them to others. Contact the nearest police station in case you need to cross-check a message." (Image: AP/File)