Thursday, August 11, 2022

Maharashtra restricts use of loudspeaker in religious places after Raj Thackeray’s warning

A day after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena head Raj Thackeray renewed his warning that loudspeakers be removed from mosques by May 3, the state Home Department said on Monday that the use of loudspeakers at religious buildings will be permitted only with prior permission.

State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil will hold a meeting with the Director General of Police Maharashtra to instruct him to direct all police commissioners and officers on the matter, said the sources. In wake of the ongoing loudspeaker row in the state, Thackeray on Sunday said that the Muslims in the country should understand that “religion is not above law and country” while also asking them to take down loudspeakers from mosques.

“We don’t want riots in Maharashtra. No one has opposed the offering of prayers. We want the loudspeakers that are put up in the mosques and are illegal in the entire country should be taken down. If you do it on loudspeaker, then we will also use loudspeakers for it. Muslims should understand that religion isn’t bigger than the law. After May 3, I will see what to do,” Thackeray said.

The MNS chief asked the Hindus to “wait till May 3” and play Hanuman Chalisa thereafter in front of the mosques that “don’t take down the loudspeakers”.

“I only have to say to the Hindus across India to wait till May 3. And after that, play Hanuman Chalisa in front of all such mosques that don’t take down the loudspeakers,” he said.

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