Eid celebrated in Bengal

Mamata sees 'atmosphere of intolerance', asks people to stay united
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Kolkata
26 Jun 2017

Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated across West Bengal today with special prayers at mosques by the devout and exchange of greetings among friends and family members.

Over 25,000 Muslims assembled at the biggest congregation on Red Road (Indira Gandhi Sarani) here to offer special prayers on the occasion, which marks the end of month-long Ramzan, city police officials said. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee attended the special prayer on Red Road and wished everybody in the community. Muslims from all walks of life assembled at mosques and eidgahs to offer Eid prayers as a thanksgiving for the month-long fasting of Ramzan. The festival was observed in a big way at Nakhoda mosque and Tipu Sultan mosque in the city, while the celebration was also there in different mosques and eidghas in the districts.

People were seen exchanging greetings and gifts and giving alms to the needy who had gathered around the mosques and eidgahs. Markets in various Muslim-dominated areas in the city were decorated on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Imams of different mosques called for peace, harmony and brotherhood while extending wishes and greetings to all. The chief minister today said that attempts were being made to create an "atmosphere of intolerance" in the country and urged the people to stand united. In a message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Mamata said no one will be allowed to create division among people. "There are times when one has to show courage and conviction. Attempts are being made to create an atmosphere of intolerance. We believe we are united; we are for all. We are 'insaan' first, Hindus, Muslims or Christians later", she said.

"We work for all, whether they are Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs or Jains", she said. "We will keep defending humanity as long as we are alive. We will not allow anyone to create any division between people. We all stand united. No one can break us. We are for all and we fight for all", the chief minister said. The chief minister said there was a need to maintain harmony.
"I pray for the good and health and well-being of everyone", she said. (PTI)