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MUMBAI: Maharashtra state remained largely peaceable on Wednesday amid MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s name to play the Hanuman Chalisa in entrance of mosques if the azan was performed on loudspeakers. Preventive motion by Maharashtra Police, together with detention of key MNS functionaries throughout the state, ensured there have been no regulation and order points, barring a number of incidents of skirmish between get together employees and the police.
At a press convention within the metropolis, Thackeray mentioned this was not a non secular situation however a social one. He although instructed mediapersons if enjoying of the azan on loudspeakers is given a non secular or communal flip, he too wouldn’t maintain again from giving the problem of enjoying the Hanuman Chalisa the same flip.
Nonetheless, Shiv Sena asserted no pointers associated to make use of of the gadget have been violated within the state. Sena mentioned all mosques within the state have taken permission to be used of loudspeakers.
House division officers mentioned of the 1,141 mosques within the metropolis, azan was performed on loudspeakers solely by 135. Native police mentioned they are going to discover out whether or not these mosques violated the rules laid down by the Supreme Court in its 2005 order.
Eight offences had been registered and 56 had been arrested previously 24 hours for creating regulation and order issues. Police throughout the state have taken preventive motion towards 2,300 whereas 7,000 had been served notices. Motion towards 600 was initiated and a few had been externed from metropolis limits.
About 1,500 mosques and 1,300 temples have sought permission for using loudspeaker within the state. Notices had been served too and lots of detained previously 5 days.
MNS employees performed the Hanuman Chalisa on a loudspeaker close to a mosque in Charkop whereas authorities filed a number of FIRs in Nashik and Panvel towards get together employees, and made arrests.
Kandivali police registered an FIR towards three MNS get together employees for allegedly posting a clip on social media of Hanuman Chalisa being performed on loudspeaker together with azan from a mosque. The clips had been deleted later.
In the meantime, police commissioner Sanjay Pandey and senior officers have referred to as conferences of all temple officers and urged them to use for permission to make use of loudspeakers. Of the two,404 temples within the metropolis, solely 12 have sought permission. In the meantime, 739 mosques acquired permission of the 773 that utilized within the metropolis, mentioned an officer.
In Kalyan and Ulhasnagar, the primary azan on Wednesday morning was carried out with out utilizing loudspeakers. A lot of safety personnel was deployed exterior the mosques since morning.
In Kolhapur, most mosques delivered the ‘azaan’ by means of loudspeakers as common. The safety preparations at mosques had been at a naked minimal as many native outfits had pledged to not help “communal actions”.
Hearteningly, Muslims showered petals from atop mosques on a procession rally taken out in Islampur to rejoice the delivery anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on Wednesday.
(Inputs from Nishikant Karlikar, George Mendonca, Pradeep Gupta, Santosh Sonawane, Mohammed Akhef & Abhijeet Patil)

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