Mamata Banerjee Government passes new order, Police permission required for Durga puja idol immersion

Amid the immersion row in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee government on Friday said that Durga Puja committees would have permission from police for immersing the idols on October 1. This time the date of immersion is clashing with Muharram

The Mamata Banerjee government said the police have the choice to grant permission for immersion of idol on October 1. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by CM Banerjee.

Atri Bhattacharya, West Bengal Home Secretary said,”The honourable court has said two things. One is that none of three almanacks mentions idol immersion on Ekadashi (October 1). The court has also said that immersion and processions be allowed as found permissible. Therefore, depending upon circumstances and situations, wherever found fit, permission will be granted, wherever there are problems permission will not be granted,”

However, BJP claims that the High Court’s decision was to grant permission on October 1. West Bengal BJP general secretary, Sayantan Basu said, “The court said permission would have to be granted. The state government can change the route of the procession but it cannot deny permission. If we get a single report of permission being denied, we will file a contempt of court case,” reported the Indian Express.