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2 Mumbai mosques booked for using loudspeakers for azaan

ByVinay Dalvi
May 07, 2022 09:21 PM IST

A senior Mumbai Police officer said they have met representatives of religious institutions and created awareness about the noise pollution rules, and in the second stage, given warnings to violators. “Now, we have started taking legal action by registering cases,” the officer said

MUMBAI: The Mumbai police on Saturday registered cases against functionaries of two mosques in the western suburbs for flouting noise pollution norms by using loudspeakers for the early morning prayers.

The action by Mumbai Police comes against the backdrop of a campaign by Raj Thackeray and his Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on the use of loudspeakers by mosques for azaan. (HT File Photo/Representative Image)
The action by Mumbai Police comes against the backdrop of a campaign by Raj Thackeray and his Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on the use of loudspeakers by mosques for azaan. (HT File Photo/Representative Image)

The cases come in the midst of a political row raked by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray and leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who sought the removal of loudspeakers from mosques last month, with the state government contending that the use of loudspeakers was legal as long as written permissions were sought and noise norms were adhered to.

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The imams (head priests) of the Noorani Masjid on Bazar Road in Bandra and the Muslim Kabarastan mosque in Santacruz were booked for using the loudspeaker in contravention of the Noise Pollution Rules (2000), which prevents the use of the loudspeaker before 6 am.

While one case was registered at the Bandra police station based on a complaint lodged by police constable Hemant Pagare, the second was registered at the Santacruz police station.

According to the complaint, Pagare heard the Azaan (call to prayer in the Islam faith) being played on loudspeakers atop Noorani Masjid following which he met the mosque’s trustee Jakel Tuffel Khan and informed him that he was part of several meetings and even a WhatsApp group formed by police to create awareness about the norms.

Khan told the police that he had informed the mosque’s imam, Anwar Ashraf Mohammed Shabbir Shah, about the rules. The police registered a case against Shah under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) and some relevant sections of the Maharashtra Police Act, 1951.

The second case was registered at the Santacruz police station against Mohammed Shoaib Abdul Sattar Shaikh, the president of Muslim Kabarastan mosque on Linking Road at Santacruz west, and mosque imam Aarif Mohammed Siddiqui.

Police officials said the Santacruz mosque had taken permission to use loudspeakers for reciting Azaan and had given an undertaking that they won’t use loudspeakers from 10 pm to 6 am. However, on Friday, the loudspeaker was used at 5.35 am and a police constable reached the spot. A case was registered after he confirmed that loudspeakers were being used for reciting Azaan before 6 am.

“We met the representatives from various religious institutions and first created awareness about the Noise Pollution Rules within all communities. In the second stage, we gave warnings. Now, we have started taking legal action by registering cases,” said a senior police officer.

Raj Thackeray had announced that MNS workers will play the Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques to protest against loudspeakers used by them on April 2. On April 12, he issued a deadline to the state to remove the public address systems from mosques by May 3 to avoid law and order problems. He reiterated his stand in a rally in Aurangabad on May 1. The Aurangabad police later lodged an FIR against the MNS chief for delivering a provocative speech. The city police and the state government swung into action at the start of the month to ensure that political unrest did not disturb the peace. Raj Thackeray’s call to recite the Hindu prayer also went largely unheeded by his party workers.

Clause 5 of the Noise Pollution Rules (2000) lays down that a loudspeaker or a public address system shall not be used except after obtaining written permission from an officer authorised by the Central or the State Government.

It prohibits use of loud speaker or a public address system or any sound producing instrument or a musical instrument or a sound amplifier at night time (between 10 pm and 6 am) except in closed premises like auditoria, conference rooms, community halls, or during a public emergency.

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