Loudspeaker row: Heavy security deployed in Mumbai, neighbouring areas

Heavy security was deployed at several places in Mumbai and adjoining cities on Wednesday, a day after MNS chief Raj Thackeray urged people to play Hanuman Chalisa over loudspeakers, wherever loudspeaker “Azaan” was heard. Morning prayers were performed peacefully in many mosques. , said an officer.

He said that all senior police officers including Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey have left to take stock of the security deployment.

Police were also stationed outside mosques at some places.

Blockades were put in place at various places and vehicles were being checked early in the morning to avoid any untoward incident, the official said.

As a precaution, the city police have already issued over 1,600 notices to MNS activists and others under various sections of the Criminal Procedure Code, including 149 (for preventing cognizable offences).

The police had also held meetings with clerics and trustees of various mosques and asked them to follow the Supreme Court guidelines and rules related to noise pollution.

Heavy security forces were also deployed at several places in neighboring Thane and Palghar districts.

Extensive police arrangements were made near Jumma Masjid in Thane’s Mumbra town.

Some MNS workers had planned to play Hanuman Chalisa nearby, but they left after no ‘azaan’ was heard outside the religious complex.

Mumbra police station senior inspector Ashok Kadlag said the situation was under control and no untoward incident was reported so far.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, Bhiwandi, Yogesh Chavan also said that the powerloom town in Thane was peaceful.

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