Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday, has banned the processions of Chhath Puja across West Bengal. It said that only two persons per family will be allowed to enter the water body to offer puja.
The court has also restricted the devotees from entering Rabindra Sarobar and Subhas Sarobar, which are the largest lakes within the city.
Earlier, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned to perform Chhath Puja at Rabindra Sarobar.
High Court advocate Sabyasachi Chatterjee said, “The court has banned Chhath Puja processions. Only two persons from a family can enter any water body to perform the puja. Devotees coming in vehicles will have to maintain social distance and not all will be allowed to get down,” as quoted by Hindustan Times.
The court also directed that other family members will have to observe the puja from home or in an around their home. Also, wearing masks at all stages are mandatory.
In November, the High Court had banned the sale and bursting of crackers during Kali Puja and Chhath Puja. The Kolkata police has been directed to ensure that no crackers are sold or burst in Kolkata as they have been banned till November 30 by High Court as well as NGT.
Bengal has also been directed to impose restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC to restrict the number of people in any area.