The government in the Indian state of Karnataka is all set to strictly implement the law in connection with Azaan. The move is likely to add to the existing social unrest in the state.
Karnataka Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai, and the state DG and IGP Praveen Sood made it clear on Friday that everyone should follow the law in this regard.
Bommai said instructions have been issued for resolving the Azaan issue harmoniously through holding peace committee meetings at the police station level. He said, the process is going on and everyone should follow the law.
“There is a High Court order on Azaan. A circu-lar has already been issued in accordance with that. The rule also specifies the decibel level. The DG has already issued the circular,” he stated.
IGP Praveen Sood had stated that as per the rule, notices have been issued to mosques and other places where speakers are used. “We will not allow violation of the High Court rule at any cost.
The police have issued notices across the state,” he stated. Media reports quoting sources in the police de-partment, however, said that any action against a mosque or a temple for use of speakers would result in chaotic consequences for the state.
Meanwhile, the founder of extremist Hindu or-ganization Sri Ram Sena, Pramod Muthalik, has stated that he has launched an “Azaan se Azadi” campaign in the state.
He had demanded that the government should ensure ban on performing of Azaan on loudspeakers in the mosques.—INP