After sharp comments from MNS chief Raj Thackeray on azaan, the Maharashtra home department has decided to implement the previous court orders on the use of loudspeakers at religious sites. The Maharashtra government will now make it mandatory for religious sites to seek permission for using loudspeakers.
Maharashtra | Permission has to be taken for playing Hanuman Chalisa or Bhajan. It will not be allowed within 15 minutes before and after the Azan. It will not be allowed within 100 metres of the mosque. The aim of this order is to maintain law & order: Deepak Pandey, Nashik CP pic.twitter.com/zRrnyHdMqqAdvertisement
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Nashik Police commissioner has already issued an order making it mandatory to take permission loudspeakers and Maharashtra DGP has been directed to hold a review meeting with district administrations for implementing the order.
Nashik Police Commissioner Deepak Pandey said to news agency ANI, “All religious places have been directed to take permission for use of loudspeakers by May 3. After May 3, if anyone is found violating the order then legal action to be taken against the violators”.
All religious places have been directed to take permission for use of loudspeakers by May 3. After May 3, if anyone is found violating the order then legal action to be taken against the violators: Deepak Pandey, Nashik Police Commissioner
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The state’s home minister Dilip Walse Patil will hold a meeting with the director-general of police to instruct him to direct all the police commissioners and officers of the state regarding this issue reported news agency ANI.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and home minister Patil will also meet to discuss the law and order situation in the state and the issue of the use of loudspeakers in public places, according to ANI.
This issue was escalated after MNS leader Raj Thackeray raised the pitch for Hindutva, calling on “Hindu brothers” to “be prepared” if loudspeakers are not removed from mosques by May 3.
However, on Sunday, he clarified that the loudspeakers relaying the ‘azaan’ call is more of a social issue than a religious one. He said in a media briefing in Pune that he doesn’t want the society’s peace to be disturbed. He further added, “but if the use of loudspeakers continues then they (Muslims) will also have to listen to our prayers on loudspeakers”.
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