In Mumbai, 80% of mosques have stopped broadcasting the morning Azaan or prayer through loudspeakers, police sources said on Tuesday, April 19.
The development takes place in the midst of a political controversy sparked by MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s demand that loudspeakers be removed from mosques in Maharashtra by May 3.
At 5 a.m., the first Azaan of the day is offered.
A police official reported that 80% of mosques stopped using loudspeakers for morning prayers, while many others reduced the volume.
Several religious leaders recently met with police in an effort to maintain law and order in the city after a dispute over loudspeakers erupted, he said.
According to the police official, they should obtain loudspeaker permission and follow the Supreme Court guidelines to prevent noise pollution.
Those who violate the law will be punished severely, he said.