Setback for Mamta Banerjee: HC allows immersion of idols

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Kolkata: In a big setback for the West Bengal government, the Calcutta High Court today revoked Mamata Banerjee’s order on Durga idol immersion.

The high court instructed the police to make separate routes for both Durga idol immersion and Muharram processions.

The court said that Durga idol immersion can continue till 12 am on all days, including on Muharram.

Delivering a stern rebuke, the high court told the state not to curtail citizens’ rights senselessly.

Hearing three PILs challenging the restrictions on immersion of idols at the end of the five-day Durga Puja festival, a bench headed by acting chief justice Rakesh Tiwary said the government could not act on mere assumption that the law-and-order situation might deteriorate owing to Vijaya Dashami and Muharram falling one after the other.

The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government had imposed restrictions on Durga idol immersion on September 30, the Vijaya Dashami day, after 10 pm and completely prohibited immersions on October 1, the day Muslims will observe Muharram.

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