Kolkata Police have shut access to the year’s most spoken up Durga Puja pandal on Monday in Kolkata. Police personnel have taken such a decision post minor stampede near Puja Pandal at South Kolkata’s Deshapriya park where a few individuals were harmed. Durga goddess idol is arguably the largest in the world standing at 88 feet tall at Deshapriya Park. Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha for all intents and purposes termed the “largest” Puja is illegal.
“The Deshapriya Park Puja is closed for the year on the grounds of non-compliance with rules for holding such an event,” Mr. Purakayastha spoke to media.
Mr. Purkayastha stated that decision was made keeping in consideration of public safety and security. Seeking the guidelines from Calcutta High court which had capped the size of the idol not to exceed 40 feet and we had no intimation of the height of the idol until it was made available for public viewing. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has inaugurated Puja pandal. Many have criticised police act and termed it as funny as Star Cement had set up lot bigger billboards around the city since the past few months.
One senior Police personnel stated that the Puja did not get any mere clearance from nearby police headquarters. Upon being questioned why wasn’t any action was taken on organisers, He replied we assumed matter was solved and we are not dealing with offenders here.