The Calcutta High Court on Thursday (November 5) ordered a ban on bursting of all kinds of crackers or fireworks for Kali Puja, Diwali, and Chhatpuja in West Bengal.

A division bench of justices Sanjib Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee gave the direction while hearing Public Interest Litigations.

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The Bengal government had appealed to people to refrain from burning firecrackers but didn’t issue any order.

According to the Calcutta High Court order, "Sanitizers and masks are mandatory during the festive season of Kali Puja and Diwali. Social distancing norms to be adhered to.  No processions with sound and light will be allowed for Kali Puja idol immersion."

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Kali Puja, Jagadhatri Puja, and Kartik puja pandals have also been declared as ‘no-entry’ zones for visitors, according to the High Court order.

The police have also been instructed by the court to ensure no sale of firecrackers anywhere either.