Loudspeaker Row: Mumbai Police detains MNS's Ajay Shinde for performing "Maha Aarti"

New Delhi:

The Pune Police on Wednesday detained Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) General Secratary Ajay Shinde along with six others after they performed “Maha Aarti” at the Khalkar Hanuman Temple. This comes after the MNS chief Raj Thackeray urged the Hindu community to play Hanuman Chalisa wherever they hear Muslim prayers playing on the loudspeakers.  

“They were detained as per preventive action,” informed the Pune Police officials. 

The police further informed, “Over 250 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers have yet been detained for playing Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers.”

A day earlier, the Mumbai Police had detained the party’s Chandivali unit chief Mahendra Bhanushali and confiscated loudspeakers from the MNS office. 

The MNS chief on Tuesday called upon the Hindu community to play Hanuman Chalisa loudly form May 4 if they hear the loudspeakers blaring with azan. He said, “If steps are taken to turn this social issue into a religious one, then we too can give a befitting reply. I appeal to all Hindus that tomorrow, the 4th of May if you hear the loudspeakers blaring with azan; in those very places, play the Hanuman Chalisa on the Loudspeakers! That’s when they will realize, the hindrance of these loudspeakers!” 

Following which, a case was filed against Raj Thackeray. He also announced that he will hold more rallies in Marathwada, Vidarbha and other cities as well.

On Wednesday morning, Raj Thackeray shared a video of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray where he can be heard speaking against the use of loudspeakers and Muslims offering prayers on the roads. In the video, the Shiv Sena found asserted that the party will not rest until it stop people from praying on the roads if voted to power. 

“We (Shiv Sena) will not stop until we are successful in preventing the people from offering namaz on roads when we will form the government in Maharashtra,” said Bal Thackeray in the video posted on Twitter handle of by the MNS chief. 

“If someone has any complaint about the Hindu religion, then they can come to us, and we will solve the issue. Loudspeakers will be removed from the mosques,” Bal Thackeray said in the video. 

Recently, the MNS chief had posed in Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s trademark attire in a social media post.

The controversy over loudspeaker started on April 12 when the MNS chief gave an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government to remove loudspeakers from mosques by May 3. 

Meanwhile, a heavy security has been deployed outside the MNS chief’s Shivaji Park residence as the deadline of Raj Thackeray’s warning to the Maharashtra government came to an end yesterday. 


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