With Muharram scheduled a day after Dussera this year, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asked the people to cooperate with each other and not to fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.
On Wednesday Banerjee had issued an order against the immersion of Durga idols on Dashami, the tenth day of the celebrations, till Muharram processions ended.
“Except for a 24-hour period on the day of Muharram, immersions can take place on October 2, 3 and 4”, she said.
Muharram will be observed on October 1 this year. The Durga Puja festivities go on for ten days.
“We have to maintain peace during the festivals,” she told reporters in Kolkata.
“Barricades will be set up at places where Muharram processions will be taken out so that processions of both communities do not mix up…We have to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.”
The West Bengal chief minister had passed a similar order in 2016, but the Kolkata High Court had stayed the directive.