Durga Puja 2020

West Bengal Police resorts to lathi charge during Durga idol procession

Ipshita Bagchi

West Bengal police lathi charge during durga puja

West Bengal Police resorted to a lathi-charge yesterday evening in the Birbhum District while the members of a Durga Puja committee were carrying out a procession for the idols' immersion.

In its defence, the police states that the procession carried out by the committee was violating the guidelines released by the Calcutta High Court in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the people rolled out in large numbers, they had to take the drastic measure of resorting to a lathi charge. 

In the 21 second video that went viral, a cop can be seen dragging a young man on the street with his collar. Another officer can be seen using a lathi to disperse the crowd.

The Calcutta High court in the guidelines had permitted dhakis in the no entry zone of the pandal areas. Further, the High Court gave permission to a maximum of 60 people in large puja pandals specifying that only 45 people could stay inside the pandal at a time. For the relatively smaller pandals, permission was given for 30 people to be allowed inside pandals.

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