The Trinamool Congress has reached out to members of the Muslim community, urging them not to display weapons and lathis during Muharram processions.
Party MP Idris Ali made an appeal appeal to the community to this effect.
“We cannot fully stop this [arms procession] in one year. But the appeal will have a positive response this year,” Mr. Ali told
He said that carrying arms during Muharram procession was anti-Islamic and that many imams had also made similar appeals.
Before this development, the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights directed all the District Magistrates in the State to ensure that children participating in Muharram processions did not carry any arms. The Bengal Imams’ Association also endorsed their directive.
Muharram will be observed on Friday.
After a Cabinet meeting at the State Secretariat on Thursday, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee urged people to maintain peace during the occasion.
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