FEARING MUSLIM BACKLASH 300 FAMILIES IN BIRHUM BANNED FROM CELEBRATING DURGA PUJA

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Durga Puja

For the fourth consecutive year again around 300 families residing in Kanglapahari village in Birbhum were banned from celebrating Durga Puja because there are few Muslim families who have raised objections to it.

This is the fourth time that this is happening. The district administration believes that the 25 Muslim families who are residing in the village might behind this, as they are not happy with people celebrating Durga Puja and id celebrated they might bring the situation to boil and thus the families are net given permission to hold Durga Puja.

The organisers have submitted their request to the district magistrate, police superintendent, sub-divisional officer and sub divisional police officer of Rampurhat and even the block development officer to grant them permission to celebrate Durga Puja this year. To this still they haven’t received any response yet.

To submit our plea for the second time we went to SP and DM’s office, still there was no positive development. Chandan Sau of Kanglapahari Durga Mandir Committee told India Today As they don’t want to provoke the Muslims the District officials are not responding to the plea. Chandan Sau also said that since the community hasn’t been able to celebrate Durga Puja for three years women and children have to travel three to eight kilometers to go to their nearby villages to celebrate it.

Birbhum SP N Sudheer Kumar said “I don’t know anything about this matter, I have nott received anything as of now. But once I get it I will definitely consider this matter.

This village has always been under communal tension. This is the reason why the permission of celebrating Durga Puja is being denied, so that they can maintain law and order and prevent any incidents of communal tension said a senior police official.

The villagers have moved to the high court demanding their rights to celebrate their festival.

 

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