The appeal of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray seems to be having an effect. It is reported that Hanuman Chalisa was played on a loudspeaker during Namaz in an area of Mumbai on Wednesday morning. In a statement issued recently, Thackeray had alleged that Hindu festivals in the name of schools or hospitals are banned through silence zones, but mosques are exempted from such restrictions.
According to the news of News18, MNS workers played Hanuman Chalisa over loudspeakers during the prayers at 5 am in Charkop area of Mumbai on Wednesday. It was run from the roof of a residential building. On Tuesday, Thackeray had called upon the people to run Hanuman Chalisa.
He had said, ‘I appeal to all Hindus that tomorrow on May 4, if you hear Ajan on loudspeakers, then play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers in those places. Only then will they realize the troubles caused by these loudspeakers. He had said, ‘I appeal to all Hindus to recite Hanuman Chalisa to them.’
He further said, ‘All local circles and alert citizens should start a signature campaign against it and submit the appeal letter everyday with the signatures to the local police station. If anyone hears that loudspeakers are running in mosques, citizens should dial 100 and register a complaint. People should complain daily.
He reiterated that this is a social issue not a religious one. The MNS chief said he wholeheartedly welcomes the decision of those mosques which have stopped using loudspeakers. At the same time, he has ordered Hindus not to disturb the mosques which stop using loudspeakers.
Case registered against
Thackeray Troubles for Thackeray escalated when Aurangabad police registered a case against him two days ago for his “inflammatory” speech about loudspeakers over mosques. At the same time, the Director General of Police (DGP) of Maharashtra said that appropriate legal action will be taken against him on this issue. In a related development, a court in western Maharashtra’s Sangli district has issued a non-bailable warrant against Raj Thackeray in a 14-year-old case, while the Mumbai Police has given him a section of the CrPC relating to prevention of cognizable offences. Notice has been issued.
Police in Aurangabad, some 350 km from Mumbai, on Tuesday registered a case against Raj Thackeray, who had given a call two days ago to “shut down” loudspeakers over mosques from May 4, an official said. A case has been registered against 53-year-old Raj Thackeray under sections 153, 116, and 117 of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Maharashtra Police Act, the official told reporters.