October 6, 2016 8:05:44 pm
The Calcutta High Court on Thursday extended the time of immersion of idols of household Durga Pujas for two hours till 6 pm in West Bengal on October 11.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice G C Gupta and Justice Arindam Sinha extended the time from 4 pm on Dashami (October 11), which is a day before Muharram, after hearing a PIL seeking relaxation of time limit.
One Sandipan Khan had moved the PIL seeking relaxation of time set by police stating that several households which hold Durga Pujas would immerse the idols only after sundown as per rituals.
The bench directed the police to ensure safety, security and maintenance of peace and harmony during the immersion.
The relaxation of time for immersion would be applicable to household pujas and not for community pujas.
Earlier, the police had directed that immersion of idols could be held till 4 pm on October 11.
On October 12, the day of Muharram, there would be no immersion of idols and immersion can again be held from 4 pm on October 13.
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