DJ held for playing loud music after 10pm

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2014 09:03 IST

The police arrested a disc jockey (DJ), a resident of Sector 45, who was playing loud music at the Rock Garden on Wednesday.

The police said permission for playing music at outdoor parties is granted up to 10pm and legal action can be taken against those violating this law.

The police claimed that it was not the first time they had registered a case for violating the Noise Pollution Act. A similar case was registered for playing loud music at night after 10pm in the Rock Garden a month ago.

Station house officer (SHO), Sector 3 police station, Harjeet Kaur said they nabbed Suresh Kumar who was playing loud music at the Rock Garden. She said the accused was arrested and later bailed out. She said a case was registered under Section 3-4 of the Noise Pollution Act.

One of the senior officers said these cases were reported in northern sectors because the police acted on complaints of senior officers, politicians and judicial officers staying in these areas.

He said in southern sectors, no such case was reported because the police were known to try and pacify complainants without registering a case against the violator.

When contacted, SHOs of Sectors 34, 36 and 31, said they had not registered any case for violating norms of the Nopise Pollution Act because they had instructed beat officers that they should instruct party organisers to stop playing loud music after 9.30pm.

Police action questionable?

The police only booked DJ Suresh Kumar but did register a case against the person who had hired him in the first place.
Giving their reasons, the SHO claimed that they normally registered a case after conducting an inquiry and in this case, the DJ was at fault.

It is pertinent to mention that to enforce the law, it is not enough to just book and arrest the DJ, but also those who forced him to play music after 10pm.

In this case, the police must conduct a proper inquiry to find out if someone forced him to play loud music after 10pm or if he did so of his own accord.

Another DJ booked last month

On November 5, another DJ was booked for playing loud music beyond the permissible hours at a party in Rock Garden. Vinay Kumar, a resident of Sector 21 was arrested and then bailed out.

SHO Sector 3 Harjit Kaur said the police control room got complaints from residents staying nearby that loud music was being played even after 11pm. A police team reached the spot and asked the DJ to stop playing.

The DJ continued playing songs even after the warning till about 11. 30pm. Cops registered a case against the DJ and got the music stopped.

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