Police question youth for reciting 'azaan' during protest

Bengaluru, Mar 19 (IANS): The police in Karnataka's Shivamogga have questioned a Muslim youth who recited 'azaan' during a protest at the Deputy Commissioner's office two days ago.

A Muslim organisation had staged a protest at the office of the Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate on March 17 against former minister and BJP legislator K.S. Eshwarappa over his remarks about 'azaan', or the Islamic call for prayers.

During the protest, a youth had recited 'azaan' and the video of the same had surfaced on social media.

The protesters had reportedly threatened to recite 'azaan' in front of the Vidhana Soudha as well.

The police have registered a case against the youth who has been summoned and questioned about the incident, confirmed Shivamogga Superintendent of Police, G.K. Mithun Kumar.

The SP said the youth was advised not to repeat such activity. The officer also clarified that the youth has not been arrested.

The police are checking the antecedents of those who participated in the protest. The SP said action would be taken if the police find anything suspicious about them.

Eshwarappa had said last week that loudspeakers used for 'azaan' disturb people, especially students preparing for examinations and patients in hospitals. His remarks had evoked protests from the Muslim community.



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  • Mahesh Lobo, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Mon, Mar 20 2023

    Practically in every government office, banks, etc., puja is conducted on every Friday. If "azaan" is illigal lin a govt. office, puja too is illigal. Will govt. ban all these rituals from govt. offices?

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  • Sheena, Padil

    Mon, Mar 20 2023

    Prayer should be from within not with several loudspeakers in all directions...as Almighty is capable to understand a silent prayer..

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  • MH RASHID, Jeddah, Saudi arabia

    Mon, Mar 20 2023

    A major misconception about Islam in most of the Non Muslims. Azaan or a prayer calls is NOT CALLING GOD. The purpose of the Azan is to invite Muslims for obligatory prayers. Meaning of Azaan in English. Allah is the greatest, I acknowledge that there is no God but Allah. I acknowledge that Mohammad is the messenger of Allah. COME FOR PRAYER, COME FOR SUCCESS, PRAYER IS BETTER THAN SLEEP, Allah his the greatest. There is not God but Allah.

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  • Shekhar Umesh Shetty, Namma Kudla

    Mon, Mar 20 2023

    Some Hindu fanatics can chant Jai Sree Ram anywhere, even in front of Mohammed Shami. But a call to prayer or calling God is a crime in Modi's India. This is MODIFIED INDIA, it will be in tatters if this madness continues .

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  • Sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 19 2023

    Even in Saudi Arabia ..they have stopped playing Azaan on loudspeakers in some places ..There are enough mobile tools to remind a Muslim of Azaan and prayer timings ....Why play it so loudly ? .

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  • ashraf, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 20 2023

    can you tell in what part of saudi arabia the azan on loudspeaker is stopped. where does people get such information from? Azan is call for prayers. it will last for only 3 min max. what about your bhajans or mantras on loudspeakers at temple or other places that will be played almost whole day and night. doesn't it disturb people. and about hospital that are located near roadside, the constant traffic noise pollution don't disturb people.

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  • Ayub malpe, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 20 2023

    Have some Sense ,!You have apps for live pooja sand even bhajans why you use loud speakers in temples whole day….!!even Europe countries , they allow azaan which is only 3 minutes duration.

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  • ayes p, kudla/ksa

    Mon, Mar 20 2023

    Senseless peoples Senseless comment, India not following Saudi Arabia's rule and each country have its own law of the land but Saudi Arabia not stopped Azaan.

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Sun, Mar 19 2023

    However no case filed against eshwarappa for insulting islamic practices

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 19 2023

    Rights are given only to BJP activists to say Jai Sri Ram and force non Hindus to recite the same anywhere. It’s duty of police to find out any suspicious activities and present it than threatening the legally protesting innocent Muslims students. Forceful arrest and sign a fake charge sheet with concocted charges is BJP’s way of showing itself very patriotic and meritorious.

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