TDN World Desk: A news-paper cuting, and another photocopy of official notification, apparently issued by Mau Darwaja police station in Faarukhabad are doing rounds on social medai where it is stated that Aazan will not be conducted from mosques due to coronavirus lockdown.
Tens of thousand social media users have joined virtual protest demanding immediate withdrawal of any such order of banning Aazan given by the UP Police.
Student activist and JNUSU Councillor Afreen Fatima wrote, “Uttar Pradesh Police under Yogi Adityanath is using coronavirus pandemic to curb religious freedom of Muslims. Police is forcefully banning Azaan in several districts. Please tag UP Police and ask them to clarify. Tell them that Azaan band nahi hogi.”
Muslim activist and JMI student leader Aysha Renna also asked for clarification from the UP Police.
After the news of Aazan ban in UP circulated widely on social media, over 90 thousands of people came out in solidarity on Twitter platform using Aazan band nehi hogi (#AazanBandnehiHogi) hash tag.
Joining into the trend ,SIO General Secretary Syed Azharuddin said, ” Azaan is caution for Muslims to Offer prayers, due to Lockdown we are offering Namaz at homes. So, please don’t make another issue on Azaan, let’s fight together against Corona Virus and stop spreading communal virus. “
On friday, video of two policemen from Delhi’s Prem Nagar police station had widely been circulated on social media. Those policemen were telling,“There will be no Azaan. This is the order from the LG.”
On April 24, Delhi deputy chief Minister Manish Sisodia clarified that no ban order on Aazan was given. Delhi Police PRO, Anil Mittal, also assured of investigation into the case.
In the case of UP no such clarification yet from higher authorities over the alleged Aazan ban order.