Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai: Azan row to be solved peacefully

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said instructions have been issued for resolving the Azan row through peace meetings at the police station level.

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Kalaburagi, April 22: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said instructions have been issued for resolving the Azan row through peace meetings at the police station level. “The process is going on. Everyone should follow the law. There is a High Court order on Azan. A circular has already been issued in accordance with that. The rule also specifies the decibel level. The Director General of Police has already issued the circular,” he told reporters here. Some Hindu organisations including Sri Ram Sene have been demanding removal of loudspeakers from the mosques as per the Supreme Court’s order on noise pollution.

Sri Ram Sene President Pramod Muthalik has given a deadline of May 9 to restrict loudspeakers from mosques, and warned mutts and temples would play bhajans and Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers if this was not done. Replying to a question, Bommai said there are no differences in the BJP in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. “A few issues that had cropped up have been resolved. We are more united than ever. Greater importance is being given for the development of Kalyana Karnataka region. We are confident of taking everyone along,” he said. On PSI recruitment scam, Bommai said two persons have been arrested and the probe will go to the bottom of the irregularities.

Bommai rued that irregularities were perpetrated despite tight security and a transparent system. “Officials were instructed to conduct a thorough preliminary investigation immediately after getting the complaint about irregularities. The case was handed over to CID when differences were noticed in the answer scripts.” Reacting to the demand from opposition parties for a court-supervised or CBI probe, Bommai said a decision on further course would be taken after getting an interim report.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Business Upturn staff. And is published from a syndicated feed.)

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