Tension ran high in Gurgaon's Sheetla Mata Colony after complaints were filed against the use of loudspeakers at the mosque in the area. Representatives of the Muslim community met with the District Commissioner on Thursday, September 6 to address the issue.
The members of the Muslim community alleged that a letter was submitted regarding the loudspeakers in the mosque being too loud. They went on to say that volume was lowered but they complainants were not satisfied.
In a letter filed to the District Commissioner, the Muslim Ekta Manch said, "Two-three days ago, some anti-social elements came to the area and submitted a letter against us to the Commissioner of Police. The SHO of Sector 5 police station called both sides on September 5 and asked to keep the volume of the loudspeaker low," according to The Indian Express.
Haji Shehzad Khan, the leader of the Muslim Ekta Manch said, "They said they did not like the presence of a mosque in the locality, and that they would not allow us to pray there. They also indulged in sloganeering and threatened to kill us and burn our homes."
The station house officer (SHO), Narendra Kumar said that a complaint was submitted on Wednesday, by a few outfits regarding the volume of the loudspeakers. They wanted the volume lowered. The SHO went on to say that both the parties intended to meet the District Commissioner.
However, the outfits could not meet the District Commissioner since he was busy on Thursday, September 6.
In 2017, Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam stirred up a controversy after he tweeted about the mosque near his residence being too loud. He was challenged and shaved his head on camera in protest.
Earlier this year, famed Bollywood scriptwriter Javed Akhtar also tweeted his support to Sonu Nigam's comments on the morning azaan being too loud. He tweeted, "This is to put on record that I totally agree with all those including Sonu Nigam who want that loudspeakers should not be used by the mosques and for that matter by any place of worship in residential areas".
This is to put on record that I totally agree with all those including Sonu Nigam who want that Loud speakers should not be used by the mosques and for that matter by any place of worship in residential areas .— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 7, 2018