Kolkata: Under criticism for the decision to bar the immersion of Durga idols on October 1, the scheduled day of Muharram, the West Bengal government on Friday told the Calcutta High Court that it has decided to change its stand.
The state government, which had barred idol immersion after six pm on Dashami, which coincides with Muharram, has allowed the immersion of idols till 10 pm.
The petitioner, however, has insisted in court that the time be extended till 1.30 am.
Mamata Banerjee’s order against immersion of Durga idols on account of Muharram had stirred up a controversy.
Directing the police to hold talks with Durga Puja committees and Muharram committees regarding holding of rallies on October 1, Mamata had then asked people not to fall prey to provocations that could cause communal problems in the state. The Trinamool Congress chief further asked people not to get incited by posts on social media.
Stressing that the administration would not let anybody disturb the secular atmosphere of the state, Banerjee said that police would take action in such cases.
“Muharram is not a festival we must keep that in mind. It’s our responsibility. I have heard that some people have plans to disturb and drive people down a wrong path,” she said, adding that the puja committees should play a “bigger role” in this context.