Kolkata, Sept 20: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday pulled up the Mamata Banerjee government over directive on immersion of Durga idols. Mamata had issued a notification imposing restrictions on Durga idol immersion due to Muharram. The court, while hearing a plea against the directive, said that the Mamata administration should not create communal distinction and let people live in harmony. The court also asked why two communities cannot celebrate together? Also Read - Kolkata's FD Block Durga Puja Pandal Gutted in Massive Fire Ahead of Idol Immersion
“When you (state government) are firm, there is communal harmony in the state. Why are you creating communal distinction between the two? Let them live in harmony. Do not create a line between them. Let them live together,” the court observed. Also Read - West Bengal: 5 Killed as Boat Capsizes During Durga Idol Immersion in Murshidabad
The state government had earlier told the court that a notification was issued which allowed the immersion of idols till 10 pm on Vijaya Dashami (September 30). The immersion will not be allowed on October 1 on account of Muharram but it will again be permitted on October 2. Also Read - Low Visitor Turnout at Centuries-Old Durga Puja in Kolkata
The court was hearing a plea seeking permission that immersion be allowed till 1:36 am on October 1 in accordance with the Hindu almanac. The petitioner had submitted before the court that according to a Hindu almanac, Vijaya Dashami will continue till 1.36 am on October 1, on which date Muharram is to be observed.
The state government told the court that it has allowed immersion of idols on Vijaya Dashami at the end of the five-day Durga Puja celebrations till 10.00 pm to ensure law and order.