Muslim youths in Jessore have involved themselves in the task of ensuring security for Puja pavilions (mandap) during Durga Puja, the largest festival among Bangla-speaking Hindus both in Bangladesh and West Bengal, to maintain communal peace and harmony in their localities.
Each pavilion had been forming a committee comprising Hindu and Muslim youths to ensure its security, said Asim Kundu, president of the District Puja Celebration Committee.
Meanwhile, local administration, superintendent of police and leaders of the committee have held several meetings over the security measures for the pavilions to avert subversive activities.
Dipankar Das Ratan, general secretary to the committee, expressing his satisfaction over the local administration’s cooperation, said: “This year, Sharadiya (autumnal) Durga Utsav will be celebrated with a great enthusiasm in Jessore like before, as it is a land of communal harmony.”
Hindu and Muslims were working together to facilitate a peaceful celebration of the five-day long festival, which will begin on October 7, he added.
This year, 629 Puja pavilions had been set up in Jessore, while it was 635 last year, said Jogesh Chandra Sarkar, a leader of the District Puja Celebration Committee.
However, Durga Puja would not be celebrated in several areas of Monirampur, Avoynagar and Keshobpur due to persistant water stagnation caused from heavy rainfall this year, said Dipankar.
Many pavilions in the localities were still under knee-deep water, he added.
The District Administrator Humayun Kabir said the government had been providing each pavilion of the district with necessary help.
The pavilions in the waterlogged areas would get special favour of the government, he added.
SP Anisur Rahman said police is following zero tolerance policy to ensure communal peace and harmony in the district.
However, the preparation for the Puja has almost been completed here.