Siliguri, 12th October: Siliguri's Deshbandhu Sporting Club started the puja in a slightly different way. The country's first transgender judge Jayita Mandal was present in the inauguration programme. Furthermore, several individuals dressed as circus clowns were spotted at the puja pandal.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, all circuses were closed due to which many people working in the business faced severe financial crises. In view of this, the Deshbandhu Sporting Club extended a helping hand to them. The clowns were given some financial assistance including a month's ration.
Ansar Ali of Uttar Dinajpur, who is a circus clown was given assistance by the club. Ali said that it would have been better if they receive help from the government.