No Idol Immersion In Muharram: CM Mamata

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Kolkata:  Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday directed police administration that any attempt of ‘shastra puja’ or weapon worship by members of the saffron brigade on Dashami of Durga Puja, should be thwarted. “Weapons look best in the hands of Durga. So ensure that there is no attempt of creating tension on Vijaya Dashami day through ‘shastra puja’ or any procession with arms,” Mamata said. Director General of police Surajit Kar Purakayastha are present at the meeting.

Her instructions come after the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had said that they intended to carry out shastra puja on Vijaya Dashami. Sources said that they would carry swords and even firearms during the rally and had said that if people from some other community were allowed to take out processions with arms on Muharram, they should also be allowed to take out such rallies. “There should not be discrimination in the implementation of rules,” said a senior VHP leader.

Earlier, No idol immersion after 6 pm on Dashami on Septemer 30 till October 1 due to Muharram processions in West Bengal, says Mamata official. Talking to heads of various Durga Puja organisers and Kolkata Police, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that there would be no idol immersion after 6 pm on Dashami on Septemer 30 till October 1 due to Muharram.

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There will be no immersion on October 1 due to Muharram. It will allow on after that and continue to the lakshmi Puja.