Maharashtra has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. After the recent row of the Rana couple being arrested for planning to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Matoshree, comes the news of a policeman being booked for playing music.
A Divya Marathi report stated that an RPF personnel was booked for playing music in his home when Azaan was on in the nearby mosque. On April 23, the Satara Police received calls from Sheikh Shafiq, Sheikh Shabbir, Imran Khan, Mudassir Ansari, and others complaining against railway sub-inspector Kishore Malkunaik.
The family was celebrating Kishore’s wife’s birthday by playing music in their fourth-floor house at around 7 PM when Inspector Surendra Malale and his team of SIs and hawaldars reached Safa Mosque near Silk Mills. They found a BT speaker playing in the bedroom window.
The police arrested Kishore and booked him under IPC sections 505 (B) and (C) intending to incite any class or community of persons to commit any offense against any other class or community and Maharashtra Police Clause 135.
The arrested Railway SI suspects a conspiracy and says, “We have been in this society for a long time. Many Muslims live in the vicinity, and we never had issues with each other. Yet controversy is created if I play music in my house; this is unacceptable.”
After a lengthy interrogation, the railway policeman was released at midnight at 1 AM by the Satara Police. Claiming that he was unfairly booked, Kishore asked how playing music over his small Bluetooth home-speaker could make so much noise as to disturb others, and especially disturb Azaan in a mosque across the road.
The intolerance of the Islamists and their harassment has been on the rise. The mainstream media conveniently ignores it. Are we to now stop all activity and observe pin drop silence when Azaan plays from mosques five times a day? These incidents should act as a wake-up call to the Hindus.