Muharram 10th day marks the broadened security arrangements in Kolkata on Sunday for the mourning processions by Shia Muslims. As per the reports, there are around 7,000 to 8,000 police personnel who have been deployed on the streets to manage processions in Kolkata. Today in the morning Shia Muslim devotees came out together with large processions by beating drums and thumping their chest. Muharrum 10th day is the most auspicious day for the Muslims. On this day they mourn the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed grandson Imam Hussain. According to the sources, this procession began today at 9 am in the morning and similarly, like last year it falls right after Dussehra.
Recently the West Bengal government had issued a directive for prohibiting the Durga idol immersion on the day of Muharram to avoid unrest or any kind of issues between the two communities. However, the High Court of Kolkata has cancelled the state government’s directive and permitted the Goddess Durga immersion to take place all the days after Dussehra until midnight. Although the Kolkata Police have made security arrangements on the river banks where Durga immersions took place. As per the reports, forces are deployed to take adequate security measures in case anyone wants to immerse the idols.