UP government orders removal of illegal loudspeakers from religious places
The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the removal of illegal loudspeakers from religious places in the state, a senior official said on Monday.
The move comes days after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s directive to restrict loudspeaker volume in religious places to avoid problems for people living nearby.
“The order to remove illegal loudspeakers from religious locations in the state was issued on Saturday. A compliance report (from the districts) in this regard has been requested by April 30,” the secretary said in Additional Chief (Interior) Awanish Awasthi at PTI.
“Police have been ordered to establish conversations with religious leaders and ensure the removal of unauthorized speakers by coordinating with them,” Awasthi said.
The additional director general of police (law and order), Prashant Kumar, said on Monday that so far 125 loudspeakers had been taken down and around 17,000 people had reduced the volume on these devices themselves.
Last week, Chief Minister Adityanath ordered that no religious processions be taken out without permission and that the use of loudspeakers should not interfere with others.
With Eid and Akshaya Tritiya likely to fall on the same day next month and several other festivals lined up in the coming days, Adityanath said police should be extra careful.
At a law and order review meeting with senior officials here last week, he said everyone has the freedom to follow their method of worship according to their religious ideology. “Although microphones can be used, make sure the sound does not come out of any premises. Other people should have no problem,” he said, adding that no permission should be granted to install loudspeakers. speakers on new sites.
Meanwhile, speaking about security arrangements for Eid, the ADG (law and order) said that alvida namaz’ (offering prayers on the last Friday of Ramzan) will take place in 31,000 locations (in the state) .
Special arrangements have been made for sensitive districts, and additional forces, including the PAC and central armed paramilitary forces, have been deployed, he said, adding that peace committee meetings were also held. .
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