Hindus, Muslims resolve row over use of loudspeaker in temple
Setting an example of communal harmony, the residents of Jogirampuri village in Bijnore district on Sunday resolved the dispute over the use of loudspeaker at a Shiv temple.
Tension prevailed in the village after the police dismounted the loudspeaker from the temple on Ram Navmi after the Muslims objected to its use.
To resolve the issue, representatives of both the communities convened a meeting in the presence of chief development officer Indramani Tripathi and SP (rural) Dr Dharamveer Singh.
After several rounds of discussions, the Muslims agreed for permanent installation of loudspeaker on Shiv temple which would be used only on festivals. They also agreed that the loudspeaker could also be used for ‘aarti’ except during the five days of Eid and during ‘namaz’.
The letter of compromise was signed by Dayaram Singh, Mangatram, Shivcharan, Mangal Singh, Rajeev Goswami and village pradhan Mohd Rafi, Faheem, Shamshad, Ameer Ahmad, Dr Imamuddin, Hafiz Kasim and Khalil Ahmad.
Later in the evening, members of both the communities and the officials had dinner together.
“I am glad that the matter has been resolved through peaceful deliberations,” said CDO Indramani Tripathi.
The Shiv Temple in the village is quite old and the devotees used to put up loudspeakers during Shivratri and dismounted it after celebrations. The tradition continued till 2007.
A controversy erupted in 2007 when the temple priest played a cassette of devotional songs and ‘aarti’ till late evening even after the celebrations. Muslims objected to it and both the sides agreed that the loudspeaker would be dismounted immediately after celebrations.
The compromise formula was being followed since then but a fresh controversy broke on the day of Ram Navmi this year when the priest again played ‘aarti’ and devotional songs till late in the evening.
Muslims objected to it and reminded the Hindus about the agreement.
The matter was reported to the police and heavy force was deployed in the village to prevent any untoward incident. The police dismounted the loudspeaker and kept it in their custody.