Communalism

No Durga Idol Immersion on Muharram to Avoid Clashes: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also asked the people to cooperate with each other on the day of Muharram and not fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee speaks at a function in Kolkata on Friday late evening. Credit: PTI

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee speaks at a function in Kolkata on Friday late evening. Credit: PTI

With Muharram scheduled a day after Dussera this year, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee asked the people on Wednesday to cooperate with each other and not to fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems.

“Some quarters may try to instigate people to flare up communal tension and there are people who may try to take political advantage of this”, Banerjee said, addressing a meeting of Durga Puja committees in the evening.

She asked, “Why should we take the blame because of some people who are trying to take political advantage?”

Banerjee directed superintendents of police (SP) in the districts to talk to Durga Puja committees and Muharram committees regarding holding of their rallies, and said that there would not be any idol immersion on October 1, on the scheduled day of Muharram.

“Immersion will resume on October 2 and will continue till October 4,” she said.

 The chief minister also asked the people not to pay heed to posts on social networking sites leading to communal disturbances.

“It is the latest trend. People are posting fake photos of incidents on social networking sites. People must be very cautious about this and remember that cyber crime is also a crime,” she said.

Stressing that the administration would not let anybody disturb the secular atmosphere of the state, Banerjee said that police would take action in such cases.

“Muharram is not a festival we must keep that in mind. It’s our responsibility. I have heard that some people have plans to disturb and drive people in a wrong path,” she said stressing that the puja committees should play a “bigger role” in this context.