Durga immersion- Why can't two communities celebrate together, don't create line between them: HC to Bengal govt

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The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday while hearing of petitions for extension of immersion schedule for Durga puja that has been restricted by the West Bengal government in view of Muharram asked that why can't two communities celebrate together.

The High Court bench had some pointed questions for the West Bengal government. HC told state government, " When you (state govt) are firm there is communal harmony in the state, why are you creating communal distinction b/w the two?", reports ANI.

It further said, ""Let them live in harmony. Do not create a line between them. Let them live together.

The state had on last Friday told the court that it has decided to extend the deadline for immersion from 6 pm to 10 pm on Vijaya Dashami that falls on September 30. Immersion of idols would again be allowed from October two, the state had informed the court. No immersion of idols would be allowed on October one, when Muharram is scheduled to be observed. Counsel for one of the petitioners Smarajit Roy Chowdhury today reiterated his prayer before the court that immersion of idols in rivers and other water bodies in the state be allowed till 1.36 am on Vijaya Dashami in accordance with the 'Vishuddha Siddhanta', one of the three almanacs followed by Durga puja organisers in the state.

Another petitioner claimed that there was no bar on immersion if the date coincided with Muharram till a few years ago and prayed that it be allowed this year too on October one. When the third petitioner's counsel rose to make submissions, the division bench said that since there were diverse prayers by petitioners and all of them wanted to be heard, it was adjourning the petitions till Wednesday.

While Mamata Banerjee has said that no immersion will be allowed on Muharram, VHP and RSS have condemned the decision. Didi has warned that police will crackdown on anyone who tries to break the rules.

With agency inputs
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