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B Upendran | HENB | Bengaluru | May 10, 2022:: On Monday, Sri Rama Sena (SRS) activists reportedly played Suprabhatam and Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers at several temples across Karnataka since 5 am. SRS founder Pramod Mutalik issued yet another warning as his organisation’s workers were detained in Bengaluru. Such playing of devotional songs during Azan from Mosques have been reported from Hubballi, Belagavi, Mysuru, Chikkamagaluru, Yadgir, Mandya and Kolar including many parts of Bengaluru as reported by PTI. Several Hindutva groups joined the programme with SRS.
Members of the outfit who had gathered at a temple in Bengaluru’s Shantinagar to begin the early morning were arrested, as some media reported.
Across the state, police officers also took Sri Ram Sene members into preventive custody and attempted to stop members of the group from entering temples to play the Hanuman Chalisa.
A day ago, Sene chief Pramod Muthalik had threatened such protests against the Karnataka government’s “failure to take action against loudspeakers installed at mosques.”
Pramod Mutalik, who arrived at the Anjaneya Swamy temple in Tripura Bhairavi mutt in Shivarampet in Mysuru before the crack of dawn, offered prayers and played suprabhata on the loudspeaker as his organisation began a protest against the playing of Azaan. However, no case of violence was reported at any locations.
“I am warning you. Muslim organizations’ stubbornness is causing disharmony Your Prayers and Azaan is disturbing patients in hospitals. It is distracting students and the public. Therefore, you reduce the decibel levels, otherwise, we will act on our own,” the SRS founder said.
Muthalik claimed that the Sri Ram Sene played the Hanuman Chalisa and other devotional songs at 5 am across 1,000 temples in the state. This was done in response to mosques being allowed to use loudspeakers mounted atop the buildings before 6 am, he said.
Now, the loudspeaker row in several states, the matter is supposed to intensify further as several Sri Rama Sena activists were detained for playing Bhajans to counter Azaan on loudspeakers.
Reacting to the ongoing escalating situation, Maulana Maqsood Imran Rashidi (Imam Jamia Masjid City Market) has stated that blaming Mosques is not fair as the speakers stick to the prescribed decibel level. Likewise, Maulana Sagheer Ahmed Rashadi also stated that such matters are to be handled by the police and that youth shouldn’t be provoked.
Maulana Maqsood Imran Rashidi told ANI, “We don’t believe that the decibel has not gone down. You can check the decibel by visiting the mosques. Azaan is given keeping in mind the direction of the Supreme Court. Ambulance sound is also caught by the loudspeaker.”
Another Islamic cleric, Maulana Sagheer Ahmed Rashadi stated, “If some people come to the city with an intention to cause a disturbance, we have to keep our patience. Do not take the law into your hands. If someone plays the Hanuman Chalisa in front of the mosques, the youth should not get provoked. Only inform the elders in the Masjid about it. They will inform the police and they will handle such matters. Our youth get provoked if someone speaks ill about our religion or religious figures. I request you all to keep your patience in the face of any provocations.”
Seeing the situation, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday directed officials to strictly implement the Supreme Court order on the use of loudspeakers. This comes amid calls by Sri Rama Sene activists to play morning prayers and Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers at temples, if the government fails to act against loudspeakers in mosques om urgent basis.
Bommai said, ” The SC order is already in place and it is applicable to all. We have to implement this in an equitable manner. We are keeping track of what’s happening in other states (row over azaan). The high court has already given a ruling on how to implement the SC order. I have given instructions that the orders have to be thoroughly followed.”
__With inputs from PTI | ANI | Republic India.