Loudspeaker Row: Mumbai Police Take “These” Steps To Maintain Law & Order


Amid the Hanuman Chalisa row, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey has been on a round to various police stations to review the law and order situation in the city.

On Tuesday, May 3, he declared that the police have received applications from 1,144 mosques across the city and permissions are granted to 803 mosques to use loudspeakers within two weeks. Other applications are under consideration, Pandey added.

They are approved after verifying the credentials of the applicants, his purpose and intention behind using the loudspeakers, said a police officer.

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It is for the first time that so many mosques have applied to the police for permission to use loudspeakers for reciting azaan.

This development came after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray raked up the loudspeaker issue and called upon the state government to pull down loudspeakers atop mosques across the state by May 3.

Meanwhile, it is pertinent that the police have also directed while giving permission that the mosques follow the Apex court and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) guidelines on the use of loudspeakers.

Additionally, the Mumbai police had earlier conducted a survey of mosques across the city and found that 72 per cent of mosques had stopped using loudspeakers for morning prayers (Azaan) and diligently followed the noise pollution rules.

Also, Mumbai police had already held meetings with all community leaders looking at the festivals and conveyed the sensitivity of various issues including the use of loudspeakers and noise levels.

Besides, a case was registered in against MNS Chief Raj Thackeray as well as the organisers of the public rally wherein Thackeray delivered a speech on May 1.

Security has also been heightened outside the MNS chief’s Mumbai residence.

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