After the landmark judgement by the Calcutta High Court on Bengal government’s order prohibiting immersion of Durga idol, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday hit out the at the central government, stating that no one can choke her voice and that she will do what is right for maintaining the peace.

“I will do what I can to keep peace,” Mamata Banerjee said. “You can slit my throat but you can’t tell me what to do,” she added.

The Bengal chief minister also said that she won’t take the responsibility if there is any kind of trouble in the state.

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday lifted all the restrictions on Durga Puja immersion imposed by the Bengal government, allowing it till 12 am on all days including on ‘Ashura’, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram.

Terming the government’s directive as “arbitrary”, the court asked police to designate separate routes for Durga Puja immersions, and Tazia processions on the occasion of Muharram, in the city and ensure adequate security for both.

The bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwary gave the orders while hearing three PILs challenging the restrictions on immersion of idols at the end of the five-day Durga Puja festival.

“The court said the state cannot hinder a citizen’s right to practice religion assuming that there will be law and order problems and asked the government to provide ‘concrete grounds’ for its decision to restrict the immersion,” a counsel associated with the case said after the High Court’s order.

(With IANS inputs)

First Published | 21 September 2017 6:08 PM
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