Chhat Puja devotees held a protest outside the Rabindra Sarovar lake in south Kolkata seeking permission to perform the puja inside the premises around the water body.

However, the deployment of huge contingent of policemen and setting up of barricades prevented the situation from turning violent like in previous years.

In 2018 and 2019, hundreds of devotees had broken the gates of Rabindra Sarobar and performed Chhath Puja rituals there, with loud music being played and firecrackers burst.

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had on Thursday (November 19) appealed to people to perform Chhat puja from their homes or neighbourhood ponds as the two major water bodies, Rabindra Sarovar and Subhas Sarovar, cannot be used for the Puja as per court orders on grounds of the COVID-19 outbreak and for pollution caused to these water bodies. 

The Calcutta High Court said devotees cannot use Subhas Sarovar and asked police to take necessary steps. 

Later in the day on Thursday, the Supreme Court refused to pass any order on a petition filed by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority that sought a review of the order by the National Green Tribunal which banned Chhat puja at the Rabindra Sarovar lake.

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At the protest outside Rabindra Sarovar, police intervened and brought the situation under control. 

The devotees sought a clearance for four hours stating that it would not harm the environment. Gate numbers one, two, and three were closed already, and police were posted outside. 

Devotees were stopped by the police and a heated argument ensued. However, the situation was quickly brought under control.

However, the situation outside Subhas Sarovar in the northern parts of the city was rather peaceful compared to the atmosphere outside Rabindra Sarobar in South Kolkata.