803 Mumbai mosques have permission to install loudspeakers

803 Mumbai mosques have permission to install loudspeakers

Around 803 mosques in Mumbai have been permitted to install loudspeakers in a mosque, said Sanjay Pandey City police commissioner. A total of 1,144 applications for loudspeakers were submitted by mosques, of which police allowed 803, Sanjay Pandey, the city police chief, said on Tuesday, adding the applications of remaining mosques are being verified and under process.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's warning to chant Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques if they are not removed by 3rd May stoked controversy in the state last month,

Repeat his appeal to play the hymn from Wednesday (4th May). Taking to social media, he asked his Hindu brothers and sisters to play the Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers if they heard the azan. "That's when they will realize the barrier of these loudspeakers!" Raj Thackeray wrote on Twitter.

Recently rally in Aurangabad, Raj Thackeray, the MNS chief, had called for the chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa if loudspeakers were not taken off from atop mosques by 4th May. Following this, Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra said it was evaluating Thackeray's speech on Monday to see if police action could be taken against him, the rally's organizers.

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On Tuesday, Aurangabad's Chowk police registered a case against Thackeray and the rally's organizers. As per a report by PTI, the MNS chief was booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including forgiving provocation with intent to cause riots and provisions of the Maharashtra Police Acts.

Uddhav Thackeray, Chief minister, the distant cousin of the MNS chief, held a meeting with Dilip Walse Patil, state home minister, over law and order earlier in the day. Later, director-general of police (DGP) Rajnish Seth said police were well prepared to handle any law and order-related affair, stating that action would be taken against people trying to disrupt Maharashtra's communal harmony.

Meanwhile, security has been strengthened outside Raj Thackeray's Mumbai residence 'Shivtirth' because of the loudspeaker row. His party leaders have warned about hitting the streets if further action against the MNS supremo.

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