Kolkata: For the peaceful Durga puja idols immersion, Kolkata Police as well as civic authorities have made elaborate security arrangements for peaceful processions at the various ghats on the Ganga in and around the city.
The five-day Durga Puja festivities came to an end today with the immersion of idols passing off peacefully. According to the Kolkata Police, nearly 400 Durga idols were immersed in the city till 6 pm, of the 1,000-odd scheduled for the day, without any untoward incident reported from anywhere.
Besides the police, personnel from the State Civil Defence, civic bodies, Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) and River Traffic Police were also deployed to monitor the immersions, while speed boats of the navy kept a vigil.
Most of the household Durga idols were immersed at the 22 designated ghats under the jurisdiction of the Kolkata Police. The organisers of most of the household and community pujas proceeded with the idol immersion at different ghats of the Hooghly river and other waterbodies throughout the state.
Immersion of Durga idols will continue on tomorrow till October 3. Apart from manning the riverfront and preventing onlookers from getting too close to the water, senior officers Kolkata Police will be conducting special vigil from watch towers constructed near the ghats.
Teams of river police and personnel from disaster management have been deployed to patrol the river. Besides, closed-circuit television cameras and drones are also being used at certain ghats too to keep a tab on the immersion process there. The administration has put up additional lights at the ghats and cranes have been employed to bring out the remains of idols, flowers from the river water to avoid pollution.
Around 3,500 community pujas were held in the city this year, while over thousands more are observed in the suburban towns and villages across West Bengal.
The Calcutta High Court had allowed immersion of Durga idols on all days from Vijaya Dashami according to the Hindu almanac, including on Muharram on October 1. The high court had also directed the West Bengal government to make necessary security arrangements in this connection.
Elaborate security arrangements were put in place by the Kolkata Police to ensure security and maintain peace during the immersions.
Those living on either side of the Ichamati river — at Taki in Basirhat and Satkhira in Bangladesh, along the Indo- Bangla border — witnessed a spectacle. While the immersion of the Durga idols was on from boats at these places, greetings were exchanged between the people from either side of the border.
The Calcutta High Court had allowed the immersion of idols on all days from Vijaya Dashami onwards, according to the Hindu almanac, including on Muharram.