West Bengal and its capital, Kolkata, saw a different Eid al-Adha that was celebrated on 12 August this year.
Unlike previous years, there was considerably less number of complaints of cow slaughter this time, according to the police. Last year, the Kolkata Police had registered at least 40 FIRs based on complaints filed by several right-wing organisations of cow slaughter on the day of Eid al-Adha.Mamata Banerjee allocates Rs 13,000 Cr for 9 MSME industrial parks in Howrah
A senior Kolkata Police official said no incident of communal tension was reported around the time in the city and districts. Also, there was no circulation of cow slaughter videos or related posts on social media — one of the reasons that had triggered communal riots in the state earlier.
The West Bengal police and the state administration had taken some measures in this regard, and they did not go unnoticed. For example, some police stations in the districts had circulated posters requesting the Muslim community to not slaughter animals in the open. The state administration too, on its part, made efforts to ensure there was no flare-up on the day of Eid.