Taki: At the end of Durga Puja, on Vijaya Dashami, the Ichamati river at Taki, offers a unique spectacle when boats crammed with people from both India and Bangladesh converge to immerse their respective idols. Boats of all shapes and sizes can be seen on the river, as far as the eye can see — each one flying the flag of its respective country.
Special measures have been undertaken by authorities of India and Bangladesh for Durga idol immersion at Kalindi and Ichamati rivers along the Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s Basirhat, which witnessed violent communal riots two months back.
Since the puja organisers from both West Bengal and Bangladesh opt for Kalinidi river at Hinganganj and Ichamati river at Taki, both under Basirhat sub- division, the Mamata Banerjee government and BSF sat with the Bangladeshi administration and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in this precautionary exercise on last Friday and Saturday.
A state home department official said that in case of Kalindi river at Hingalgunj, two separate dates for idol immersion have been allotted for the puja organizers from West Bengal and Bangladesh.
“While September 30 has been allotted for organizers from Bangladesh, October 2 has been allotted for those from West Bengal,” he said.
In case of Ichamati, it has been decided that the puja organisers from both West Bengal and Bangladesh will have to complete their immersion process by September 30, which is the last day of Vijaya Dashami.
In the meetings, both BSF and BGB agreed to increase monitoring during the immersion time, to ensure that no illegal crossover happens through the rivers.