Ahead of Muharram this year, the Trinamool Congress leadership in Birbhum district has instructed Muslims to refrain from brandishing swords and lathis during Tazia processions on the occasion.
TMC district president Anubrata Mondal on Monday said, “Muharram shall be held in a way that people can enjoy it, just like they enjoy Durga puja visarjan. We have appealed for a peaceful Muharram and we should all take part in it.”
“There is no use of sword or lathis in their religion. It is a very pure religion, one that sends a good message to the world. Not a single Maulavi here spoke of the use of lathis (during Muharrum),” Mondal said, after conducting a meeting called by the TMC minority cell in Bolpur.
The meeting was also attended by clerics and leaders from the local minority community.
“Islam is a tough religion, I feel it is much tougher than Hindu religion. I really like whatever I have heard from them (Imams) today (sic),” Mondal added.
Earlier this year, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee had given strict instruction to the police to crack down on illegal armed processions during Ram Navami celebrations.
In a bid to maintain “public peace and safety”, Kolkata Police had issued a notification prohibiting public display of any weapons in the city and adjoining areas for a period of one year starting January 2, 2018.
Source: India Today