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Facing the music for violating deadline Test

delhi Updated: Nov 28, 2007 01:26 IST
Vijaita Singh

Disc jockeys who have been rocking the capital’s wedding parties, are now in the grip of the long arm of the law. The Delhi Police have slapped cases against more than 150 DJs, mostly from South Delhi, in the past two weeks for playing loud music beyond 10 pm, the deadline set by the Supreme Court. They have also confiscated consoles and equipment in several cases.

Most of the complaints have come from senior citizens living in areas like Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Sarojini Nagar, RK Puram, Malviya Nagar, Hauz Khas, Mehrauli and Lodhi Colony.

“We have been warning people not to use loudspeakers after 10 pm. Only when they don’t pay any heed and keep playing loud music, that we book them,” said Shalini Singh, DCP (south-west). “We have arrested about 15 disc jockeys in the past few days for playing loud music and have also fined them. Their consoles and equipment have been impounded,” said Anil Shukla, DCP (south).

The police said that on many occasions they had to face stiff resistance from relatives and families of brides and grooms. Last week, two policemen were roughed up when they went to the house of a senior government officer and asked him to stop the music. “The policemen were abused and roughed up. The host dropped names of senior police officers. But when we threatened to register a case against them, they apologised and stopped the music,” said a senior police officer.