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Hanuman Chalisa played on loudspeakers during early morning azaan by MNS workers in Mumbai

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: Hours after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray’s “Hindu now or never” war cry, MNS workers played the Hanuman Chalisa from loudspeakers from a residential building during the 5am namaz on Wednesday in Mumbai’s Charkop area. The security remained tight outside the MNS supremo’s residence amid the loudspeaker row.

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Aurangabad police on Tuesday filed a case against Raj Thackeray after his “provocative” speech over removal of loudspeakers on mosques ahead of Eid.

Soon after his threat, many mosques across Mumbai kept their loudspeakers off during morning azaan on Eid fearing retaliation. Thackeray had instructed his party workers to play Hanuman Chalisa from May 4 wherever the azaan is being recited on loudspeakers.

“I appeal to all Hindus that tomorrow, the 4th of May, if you hear the loudspeaker blaring with azaan; in those places, play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers. That’s when they will realise the hindrance of these loudspeakers,” Raj Thackeray had tweeted.

The 53-year-old politician was booked under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 116 (abetment of offence punishable with imprisonment if offence be not committed) and 117 (abetting commission of offence by the public or by more than 10 persons) of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Maharashtra Police Act, PTI cited an official as saying.

While the Mumbai police on Tuesday evening served a notice to Raj Thackeray under CrPC section 149 related to preventing cognizable offences.

MNS leaders have threatened to hit the streets in case of further action against their party head.

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Moreover, a court in Maharashtra’s Sangli district has issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Raj Thackeray in connection with a 14-year-old case.

Commenting on the loudspeaker row, Shiv Sena MP and party’s chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said suitable action will be taken if someone gives inflammatory speeches. “The government does not run on an ultimatum. There is rule of law in the state,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.

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