Karnataka Police asks mosques not to violate noise pollution rules as right-wing outfits demand shutdown of loudspeakers

BENGALURU: Mosques in Karnataka have started receiving notices from the police asking them to use their loudspeakers within the permissible decibel level.

The move comes after some right-wing organizations launched a campaign demanding the ban of such loudspeakers, saying it causes inconvenience to the people living in the nearby areas.

In Bengaluru alone, around 250 mosques have received such notices and mosque authorities have started installing devices that keep the sound within permissible levels, sources said.

Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood has directed all Police Commissioners, Inspectors General of Police and Superintendents of Police to investigate violation of noise pollution norms in ‘religious institutions’, pubs, nightclubs and other institutions and functions. ,

Some organizations on Tuesday submitted memorandums to various police officials urging them to investigate the “misuse” of loudspeakers from mosques, which they allege is going on even in silent areas such as hospitals, important government offices, schools and colleges.

The organizations alleged that loudspeakers in mosques disturbed the morning sleep, causing trouble to students, patients, elderly and night workers.

Following the instructions of the DGP, the Bangalore Police started issuing notices to the mosques.

Maqsood Imran, Khatib-o-Imam of Jama Masjid in Bengaluru, said that mosques in Bengaluru have started installing devices on their loudspeakers after the Bengaluru city police served a notice.

“In Bengaluru, more than 200 to 250 mosques have received notices. We have been asked to maintain the noise level. They have 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,” Imam told PTI.

He said the mosque authorities have started fitting the device with amplifiers, which ensure that the sound does not exceed the permissible level.

He said, “We also want to ensure that the Supreme Court order is followed. So we have prepared the device and started fixing it in all the mosques. That device is already installed in our Jama Masjid. is gone.”

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