“Strict Action Will Be Taken Against Those Who Disturb Law & Order”: Police Warns After Raj Thackeray’s Loudspeaker Deadline

Mumbai: The entire police force of Maharashtra is ready to tackle the any deterioration of the law and order situation in the state. They are on alert and ready to deal with consequences, a top police officer in the state said today. This response from police came after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray reiterated his warning of removing loudspeakers from mosques till May 3.

“The police are prepared for any law and order situation. Strict action will be taken against those who disturb law and order,” Maharashtra DGP Rajnish Seth said.

Indicating that the state’s police force was “alert and on ready mode” he said, “Maharashtra police are capable of handling any kind of law-and-order situation. All police leaves have been cancelled. 87 companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and 30,000 home guards have been deployed across the state”.

“The police are responsible for maintaining law and order and no one should take the law into their hands,” he said. He has warned that a strict action will be taken against the one who will be disturbing the law and order in the state. 

“I appeal to everyone to maintain peace,” he added.

Raj Thackeray has maintained his stance of May 3 deadline for the removal of loudspeakers atop mosques at a rally in Aurangabad. He has warned that he “won’t be responsible for what all happens after that”.

“I won’t be responsible for what all happens after the May 3 deadline to remove the loudspeakers from the mosques,” the MNS chief said at a public rally in Aurangabad.

From May 4, the MNS chief said, all Hindus should play Hanuman Chalisa at double the volume of loudspeakers atop the mosques.

“If they (Muslims) don’t understand nicely, we will show them the power of Maharashtra,” he said.

Loudspeaker noise is not a religious issue but a social one, he said. “All loudspeakers (atop mosques) are illegal. Is it a concert that so many loudspeakers are being used?” he said.

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