Kolkata: PIL to be filed to restrict gathering during Kali Puja, Jagadhatri Puja, Chhath Puja – kolkata

A Kolkata lawyer is probably going to transfer the Calcutta excessive court docket on Monday searching for orders to restrict the gathering of devotees and guests during Kali Puja, Chhath Puja and Jagadhatri Puja, all three of that are scheduled in November.

On October 19, the Calcutta excessive court docket, whereas listening to a PIL filed by the identical lawyer, had banned the entry of holiday makers in Durga Puja pandals and mandated the erection of barricades. The court docket had additionally capped the variety of puja committee members who may enter the pandals.

“We are planning to move the high court again early next week. Kali Puja, Jagadhatri Puja and Chhath Puja will take place in November. Lakhs of people are expected to gather in some districts where these pujas are celebrated in a big way. We will seek orders to restrict gatherings as there is a pandemic and relaxation could lead to a massive surge in Covid-19 cases,” mentioned Sabyasachi Chatterjee, the lawyer who filed the Durga Puja PIL for petitioner Ajay Kumar De.

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West Bengal has witnessed a pointy spike in Covid-19 circumstances during the festive season with individuals popping out in massive numbers for puja procuring, consuming out and pandal-hopping with out carrying masks and with out sustaining bodily distance. Even although due to the pandemic and the excessive court docket order, Durga Puja celebrations had been muted this yr, the state is now reporting round 4,000 new circumstances day-after-day.

“While Jagadhatri Puja is celebrated in a big way in Hooghly district, some places such as Barasat in North 24 Parganas celebrate Kali Puja in a big way. In 2019, devotees had violated the National Green Tribunal directions while celebrating Chhath Puja in Kolkata. The pandemic is going on and there need to be some restrictions,” Chatterjee added.

In West Bengal, the utmost variety of circumstances is being reported from Kolkata and North 24 Parganas. Around 900 new circumstances are being reported from every of those two districts.

Citing the instance of Kerala which witnessed an enormous surge in Covid-19 circumstances after pointers had been relaxed during the pageant of Onam, a docs’ discussion board in West Bengal had warned the Mamata Banerjee administration {that a} related scenario may come up within the state after the festive season if the authorities confirmed laxity.

On October 26, West Bengal had reported 4,121 new Covid-19 circumstances, which was the second-highest variety of circumstances in India after Kerala. While Kerala with 4,287 circumstances topped the listing, Maharashtra with 3,645 circumstances ranked third.

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