Five mosques in Haridwar fined over Azaan

Haridwar, January 21, 2023 (PPI-OT):The administration in Haridwar city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand has fined seven mosques over azan on loudspeakers. Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Puran Singh Rana, has taken this action on charges of causing “noise pollution with loudspeakers”. Under certain conditions, the Nainital High Court and government directives permitted loudspeaker installation in mosques.

The authorities blamed seven mosques for giving azan ‘louder’ than usual on their loudspeakers. On the basis of the Sadar Pathri Police Station and Roorkee Pollution Control Board’s investigation reports, notices were issued. Action has been taken to levy a fine of 5,000 Rupees on each mosque if the notice is not answered satisfactorily. When requesting authorization to install loudspeakers, instructions have been issued to pay fines.

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