Kolkata: The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights has written to all district magistrates to ensure children taking part in Ram Navami processions do not carry arms.
“Last year, a lot of Ram Navami processions were held across the state and in some, children were seen carrying traditional weapons like knives, swords, maces and axes. The government doesn’t want a repeat,” said a police source.
Though the state government initially planned a blanket ban on rallies with arms, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that organisations holding such processions for 10 years or more would be allowed this time.
In its letter, the commission has asked the DMs to send a report within a week of Ram Navami, which falls on March 25 this year. “The commission should pass similar instructions for all communities,” said BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha.