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Mamata won’t challenge HC order, but permission for Durga idol immersion to be circumstantial

After there were speculations that the West Bengal government might challenge the High Court’s order on Durga immersions, the government has clarified that it will not be challenging the decision in the Supreme Court. The High Court had ruled yesterday that the state government cannot ban Durga idol immersions during Muharram. The court had allowed immersions on all days including Muharram. The court had also said that the police and administration need to allocate different routes for Durga idol immersions and Muharram processions so that both functions can be completed peacefully. The state government’s formula of taking biased decision against one community is not rational and unsustainable, something that the court has also ruled against.

However, the state government has said that permission for Durga idol immersions will be given after proper scrutiny and based on circumstances and situation. The authorities are worried that people from outside may try to foment trouble. The police agencies are working hard to gather all the inputs they can to avoid any untoward incidences during the religious celebrations of the two communities. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said that the court’s decision is a balanced decision and it directs people of West Bengal to live in peace and harmony. He ruled out the possibility that the court’s decision will create tension among communities and may lead to violence.

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