No immersion permits sought for Oct 1: Kolkata police

Bengal pandals choose not to do visarjan on Muharram

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No immersion permits sought for Oct 1: Kolkata police
There are about 2,600 pujas in Kolkata and 25,000 pujas in all districts


Even though the Calcutta High Court cleared off the confusion over immersion dates, turning down the state government's decision to ban immersion of Durga idols on October 1 because of Muharram, police in Kolkata and the district have not received a single request for permission of immersion on October 1.

Police, however, said that they will be alert against any attempt by puja organisers to immerse idols without taking proper permission.

"There are about 2,600 pujas in Kolkata. No organiser has sought permission from the Kolkata Police for immersion on October 1, which is Ekadashi, and coincides with Muharram. If there is a case where people try to take idols for immersion without permission, steps will be taken in accordance with the High Court order," said a senior Lal Bazar official.

The picture in the districts is also the same. "There are about 25,000 community pujas in all districts. So far, there has not been a single application for immersion permission on October 1," ADG (law and order) Anuj Sharma said on Friday.

BJP national secretary and former state president Rahul Sinha said the situation has been engineered by TMC leaders along with the police and administration. "Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her brigade are out threatening puja organisers. Most pujas are patronised by TMC leaders. Clubs get an annual grant from the state which they might not receive if they dont comply. Few that remain have been given strict verbal instructions by the police not to apply on October 1 as immersion date," Sinha said talking to DNA. He also said that the TMC wanted to curb the right of the people to immerse idols on October 1 and they had objected to it. "People's rights have been established.

Now it is up to them to decide if they want to do it on October 1. BJP is not instigating anyone," he added.

Police, however, said that they have pin-pointed certain areas including Indo-Bangla borders, where they have also deployed policemen in plain clothes who would keep an eye on potential trouble makers.

Sources at Nabanna, the state secretariat, said that according to the High Court ruling, only if 'conditions is permissible', permission for immersion would be granted and that has been followed.

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