new Delhi: Bengaluru Police on Thursday (April 7, 2022) issued notices to 301 mosques, temples, churches and other establishments to use their loudspeakers within the permissible decibel level, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said on Thursday.
Of the 301 notices, 59 have been given to pubs, bars and restaurants, 12 to industries, 83 to temples, 22 to churches and 125 to mosques across the city.
The move comes after some right-wing activists demanded the shutdown of loudspeakers violating noise pollution norms. He also met commissioners and other police officers from across the state in this regard.
Maulana Maqsood Imran Rashidi (Imam Jamia Masjid City Market) told ANI that they have received the notice from the police department and will follow the order which has been given as per the directions of the Supreme Court regarding decibels of loudspeakers. Many mosques have received notices. We have been asked to maintain the sound level. He has said that the directions issued by the Supreme Court need to be followed and if the orders are not followed then action will be initiated,” the imam said.
He further added that they have started fitting the device which ensures that the sound does not exceed the permissible level and no one is disturbed.
“We will abide by all the orders which are given as per the instructions of theSupreme courtRelating to the decibels of a loudspeaker. The temples have also received notices in this regard. If we follow all the rules then there will be no problem.”
Imam urged the government to take strict action against those trying to disturb peace and create violence. He said, ‘We should keep discrimination aside and work together for the development of the country.
During this,Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj BommaiOn Tuesday, accusing the Congress of doing vote bank politics on the issue of loudspeakers, he said that the vote bank politics of Congress is creating all these problems.
He further said that on this also the High Court’s order of decibel meter has been passed and it is not only for Azaan but for all loudspeakers.
“They are really hypocrites. Who started the hijab issue and why did they raise their voice against those who started hijab and who violated the orders of the court, then why were they silent? Congress’s vote bank politics is creating all these problems and we are to solve them one by one. It is the order of the High Court order, nothing is done through force. It is not only for Azaan but for all loudspeakers,” Bommai criticized the Congress for politicizing the issues.
However, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had accused the ruling BJP of manipulating the society by using communal issues for political gains in the upcoming assembly elections, adding to the controversy over loudspeakers at mosques that the Bommai government will be set ablaze in the upcoming state elections. .
Earlier, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra had ordered the state police to look into it and take them into confidence and implement the High Court order.
The order is not only for Azan, but there are some rules for buses as well and the noise should be specific decibels. This is for illegal loudspeakers who are violating pollution rules. There are also court orders. That has to be implemented. We have directed the police officers to look into this and take it as a coincidence. There is no opportunity to create law and order situation. It is not only for mosques but for all. The orders of the High Court will have to be followed.”
“The Supreme Court had settled the matter a few years back. There is already a set law for this. So as part of maintaining and reducing noise pollution, a decibel level has been set and is not applicable to a religion. The law applies to every citizen,” Sudhakar said.
The minister also urged not to politicize everything and respect the views and judgment of the law of the land. Responding to Siddaramaiah’s remarks, state revenue minister R Ashoka said his allegations were baseless and neither the government nor the chief minister was involved in such things.
Ashok said, “It is unfortunate, a person like Siddaramaiah is accusing the Chief Minister who is not involved in such things. Neither the government nor the chief minister is involved in such things. Siddaramaiah has said a baseless thing.”
He further urged Siddaramaiah to maintain his dignity through his behavior and manner of speaking.
He said, “He knows who is responsible for all such things. Politicians always watch votes. It is only a desperate attempt by Siddaramaiah.”
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had also said that Maharashtra Home Minister has also given notice to maintain decibel level for Azaan.
The debate broke out after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray asked the state government to remove loudspeakers from mosques and warned to “install loudspeakers in front of mosques and play Hanuman Chalisa”.
“I am not against namaz, you can offer namaz at your home, but the government should take a decision to remove the loudspeakers of the mosque. I’m just warning…”
Additionally, Thackeray also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raid mosques in Mumbai’s Muslim areas and said the people living there are “pro-Pakistani”.
“I appeal to PM Modi to raid madrassas in Muslim slums. Pakistani supporters are living in these huts. Mumbai Police knows what is happening there… Our MLAs are using them for vote-bank, such people don’t even have Aadhar cards, but MLAs get them made.”
According to the order of the Supreme Court, the industrial area can have 75 decibels during the day and 70 decibels during the night, while 65 decibels are allowed in the commercial areas during the day and 55 decibels at night. In residential areas it is 55 dB during the day and 45 dB at night.
Additionally, 50 decibels are allowed during the day and 40 decibels at night in the silence zone.