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Cuttack Puja Committee Files 3 Petitions In Orissa HC, Challenges CP’s Order

Cuttack:   In a latest development with regard to the upcoming Durga Puja celebrations in this millennium city amid the ongoing Covid pandemic restrictions imposed by the administration, especially the Twin City Commissionerate Police, three petitions have been filed today in the Orissa High Court by Balu Bazaar Puja Committee.

Briefing media, Balu Bazaar Puja Committee president and senior lawyer Surjyakant Sangnaria said that they have filed three petitions in this regard in the top court of the State.

“We are hopeful that High Court will give justice to us. Two petitions for review by the court and the third petition is filed challenging the CP’s order passed on 17.09.2020,” Sangaria informed.

He explained, “On 31.08.2020, the High Court directed us to make idols for the puja. Till 09.09.2020, we had made the deity’s idol of 5 ft high. Later on, Odisha Govt instructed us to make the height of 4 ft. We had challenged that order in the High Court. High Court hasn’t passed its verdict on it”.

He added, “The Police Commissioner got our idol inspected by the Lalbag PS officer and found out that it was 5 ft without head. He then instructed to shorten the idol’s height to a maximum 4 ft. It implies we have to dismantle the idol and make anew. As per our age-old religious tradition, we can’t do that at any cost till the immersion.”

“We urge the Odisha Government and CP with folded hands to review their previous order so that we are allowed to complete the idol as made earlier and let us solemnize our puja. We assure that we would immerse the idol on our temple premises by creating artificial pond,” he appealed.

Surjyakant Sangnaria, President, Balu Bazaar Puja Committee, Cuttack

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