The Karnataka Police has issued notices to over 300 establishments across the state, including mosques, directing them not to violate noise pollution rules.
Kamal Pant, Commissioner of Police in Bengaluru, said that the police on Thursday, 7 April, sent notices to mosques, temples, churches, and others, to use their loudspeakers within the permissible decibel levels, as per ANI.
This comes after right-wing organisations had raised complaints with the police, requesting them to stop the "misuse" of loudspeakers at mosques, saying that it caused disturbances in surrounding areas.
The Hindu outfits had alleged that the blaring loudspeakers caused discomfort to students, patients, elderly people, and those who work at night.
The Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood issued an internal circular to the police commissioners to initiate action against mosques violating the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control Rules 2000) and check violations of the rules by 'religious institutions', pubs, night clubs, and other institutions.
The circular dated 5 April (Wednesday) said,
"In this regard, you are directed to take action against religious institutions, pubs, night club, and any other institution and functions, if found violating The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control Rules 2000) as per law."
Following the direction of the DGP, at least 250 mosques in Bengaluru alone received notices from the police.
Mosques Install Devices To Regulate Sound
Khateeb-o-Imam of Jama Masjid in Bengaluru, Maqsood Imran, told PTI that mosques had already started installing devices fitted on their loudspeakers to ensure that the sound does not cross the permissible level.
He said, "They (police) have said that the directions issued by the Supreme Court need to be adhered to and if the orders are not followed then action will be initiated."
(With inputs from PTI, ANI.)