Karnataka government to implement Azaan law

Bangalore, April 22 (IANS): The Karnataka government is ready to strictly enforce the law in relation to Azaan. The move is likely to add to existing social unrest in the state.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and CEO of State and IGP Praveen Sood made it clear on Friday that everyone should abide by the law in this regard.

Meanwhile, Sri Ram Sena founder Pramod Muthalik said he had started an “Azaan se Azadi” campaign in the state. He had demanded that the government ensure enforcement of the law on breaking the rules when performing Azaan in mosques.

Instructions were given to harmoniously resolve the Azaan issue by holding peace committee meetings at the police station. The process is ongoing. Everyone should follow the law, Bommai said.

There is a High Court order on Azaan. A circular has already been published to this effect. The rule also specifies the decibel level. The DG has already issued the circular, he said.

IGP Praveen Sood had said that as per the rule, notices have been sent to mosques and other places where loudspeakers are used. “We will not allow any violation of the High Court rule at any cost. Police have issued notices across the state. We will not allow any violation,” he said.

“We will not let the peace be disturbed in the state,” he said. Sources within the police department, however, said any action against a mosque or temple over the use of compounds would have chaotic consequences for the state.

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