The West Bengal government has refused permission to BJP president Amit Shah’s rath yatra from Coochbehar, Attorney General Kishore Dutta informed Calcutta High Court on Thursday.

It has been done on the grounds that it might cause communal tension, Dutta added.

Kishore Dutta told the court that the Coochbehar superintendent of police refused permission for the BJP president’s rath yatra from Friday.

The state submitted that it might cause communal tension. The judge asked who will take responsibility if anything untoward happens, BJP counsel Anindya Mitra submitted that it is the duty of the state government to maintain law and order.

The advocate general opposed the BJP filing a supplementary affidavit opposing the refusal of permission, saying it can either come with a fresh petition or an amendment to his petition.

The other yatras were scheduled to take place on December 9 and 14 from Kakdwip in the South 24 Parganas district and from the Tarapith temple in Birbhum district respectively.


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