The Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed immersion of Durga idols on all days from ‘Vijayadashami’ on September 30, including Muharram on October 1. The decision of court has proved a major set back for West Bengal government.
The court has asked the government to ensure the routes and security arrangements for Durga idols immersion and Tazia.
A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari and Justice Harish Tandon 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.
The order came a day after the High Court slammed the Mamata Banerjee government for banning a citizen’s right to practise religion on the basis of a mere assumption of law and order disruption and said that it must provide sound reasons for doing so.
“People have the right to practise their religious activities, whichever community they may be of, and the State cannot put restrictions, unless it has a concrete ground to believe that two communities cannot live together,” the acting chief justice said on Wednesday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised by Hindu organisation for levelling the charge of Muslim appeasement and neglecting the rights of Hindus.
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