300 Hindu families unable to perform Durga puja in Bengal's Kanglapahari village after opposition by 25 Muslim families (link)
The incident came to light at Kanglapahari village under Nalhati police station in the district, a Hindu-dominated village located near Bengal-Jharkhand border under Rampurhat sub-division.
The organisers knocked the doors of the district administration and submitted their plea to the office of the district magistrate, police superintendent, sub-divisional officer (SDO) and sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Rampurhat and Block Development Officer (BDO) of Nalhati-I on September 1. But no response have come so far.
REPEATEDLY DENIED PERMISSION TO PUJA COMMITTEE
All the district administrative machinery repeatedly denied permission to the puja committee, Kanglapahari Durga Mandir Committee, following objections by about 25 Muslim families in the village. In the past three years, the local administration, panchayat and Nalhati police jointly prevented puja organisers from hosting the puja on the grounds of law and order issues.
It's been the fourth consecutive year when
300-odd households in a village in West Bengal's Birbhum district are
running from pillar to post seeking permission from the district
administration just to organise a Durga puja in their village.