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Over 400 Loudspeakers Removed from Indore Religious Sites, Muslims Object

A delegation led by Indore’s Shahar Qazi Mohammad Ishrat Ali met District Magistrate Ashish Singh and demanded that loudspeakers be allowed at religious places within the permissible noise limit.

Team Clarion

INDORE – Officials in this Madhya Pradesh city have taken down 437 loudspeakers from 258 religious places of different communities over the last two days.

“In compliance with the orders issued by the government of Madhya Pradesh, action was taken on Saturday to remove sound-amplifying devices from religious places. A total of 437 loudspeakers were removed from 258 different religious places, which were well above the prescribed norms. This action was taken after talking to all committees, be it temples or mosques,” Additional DCP Rajesh Dandotiya said.

The administration’s action has led to protests from Muslim religious leaders. A delegation led by Indore’s Shahar Qazi Mohammad Ishrat Ali met District Magistrate Ashish Singh and demanded that loudspeakers be allowed at religious places within the permissible noise limit as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court. “If loudspeakers are banned at religious places, the same rule should apply to DJs at weddings and other functions,” he said.

District Magistrate Singh said the loudspeakers at religious places had been removed on the state government’s instructions, and that everyone should follow the directive.

Chief Minister Mohan Yadav issued an order to ban loudspeakers and DJs at religious and public places if their volume exceeds the prescribed limits. This order follows the Noise Control Act and Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, along with Supreme Court guidelines.

The state government has created flying squads in all districts to monitor noise pollution and the illegal use of loudspeakers.

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