December 2, 2021, 9:30 am
The government has decided that a fair cannot be set up around the upcoming Durga Puja mandapa. The Home Ministry took the decision at a meeting on law and order during the upcoming Durga Puja at the Secretariat on Sunday (October 3rd).
After the meeting, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “This time, Durga Puja will be celebrated in 31,137 mandapas across the country.” There are mosques around the Durga Puja mandapa in different parts of the country. Therefore, musical instruments should be kept off in the puja mandapa during Azan in the mosque.
The home minister said everyone should wear a face mask when entering the temple to protect the corona. There will be hand sanitizers and field hand washing facilities. There will be a thermal scanner, if someone’s body temperature is high, they will not be allowed to enter the shrine.
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that the puja mandapas have been asked to perform moderate worship in the puja mandapas near the mosques during Azan and Namaz and to keep the musical instruments off for that time. They should take a break during Azan and prayers. In many places, besides mosques and temples, they have been asked to be vigilant. No shops and fairs will be allowed to sit around the puja mandapa.
Housing and gambling will not be allowed in the puja mandapa. You can’t firecrackers, you can’t use drugs. Temporary puja mandapas have to give up idols on certain days.
Police patrols will be intensified around the puja mandapa. Law and order forces will take immediate action in case of any misconduct. The meeting was attended by the heads of various agencies including the IG of police.