Conforming to the instructions on checking loud music by the Uttar Pradesh government, the police in Gautam Buddh Nagar (aka Noida) have served notices to around 900 religious places, including temples and mosques. Officials said that the cops went around temples and mosques, among other places of worship, besides marriage banquet halls and DJ operators, warning them against the use of loudspeakers on directions by Police Commissioner Alok Singh.
Police asked the managements of these places of worship to comply with the instructions given by the high court regarding sound amplification devices, a police spokesperson said. “The officers of the commissionerate gave notices to 602 temples out of 621 temples, 265 mosques out of 268 mosques, 16 other religious places as well as 217 wedding places, 175 DJ operators,” the police spokesperson said.
“If any religious place or DJ operator does not follow the instructions given by the honourable high court regarding sound limit, then strict action will be taken against the concerned,” the official said. Amid incidents of violence during festivals in some states, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed that no religious procession should be taken out without permission and that the use of loudspeakers should not inconvenience others.
With Eid festival and Akshaya Tritiya likely to fall on the same day next month and many other festivals lined up in the coming days, Adityanath said the police needed to be extra cautious. During the course of a review meeting on law and order with senior officials in Lucknow on 18 April, he said everyone has the freedom to follow their method of worship according to their religious ideology.
In a statement, the Uttar Pradesh government had said yesterday that it was issuing directions as the festivals of Eid and Akshay Tritiya were likely to fall on the same date early in May.
The state government statement said that no religious procession or marches would be allowed without proper permission. All organisers will be required to submit an affidavit promising to maintain peace and harmony before permission is given, the statement added. Only those religious traditional festivities will be allowed and new events will not be given permission, a tweet from his official account said