UP to remove unauthorized loudspeakers from religious places

UP to remove unauthorized loudspeakers from religious places

In a decision that triggered strong reactions from religious leaders, Uttar Pradesh government would remove loudspeakers which have been installed without permission at worship places.

The decision follows a directive from the Allahabad high court in this regard, according to the official sources here on Sunday.

The court has directed that the authorities' permission will be required for using loudspeakers at religious places on special occasions.

The existing rules do not permit the use of loudspeakers between ten in the night to six in the morning. The court has directed to strictly implement the rule.

The district police officials have been directed to check religious places to ascertain if the loudspeakers installed there had the necessary permission.

A senior police official here said that all unauthorized loudspeakers at places of worship would be removed immediately.

The government directive evoked a sharp reaction from the religious leaders, who urged for reconsidering the decision.

''There are many other reasons for sound pollution...the government should not remove loudspeakers from places of worship....it is akin to interferring with our religious affairs,'' said Amar Nath Mishra, the president of a saffron outfit.

Muslim cleric Maulana Mohammed Mushtaq also said that loudspeakers were required for informing the people about religious programs. ''There is nothing wrong in it,'' he added.

The government, however, made it clear that it would implement the court's directive in letter and spirit.

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