Fact check: Is Azaan banned in Delhi?

New Delhi: A day before the holy month of Ramadan is set to begin in India, a video wherein two policemen from Delhi’s Prem Nagar police station are telling people that Azaan is banned, has gone viral on social media.

In the video the policemen are seen stopping the people from giving Azaan saying that it is the order of the LG.

No restriction for Azaan

However, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter to clarify the matter. He tweeted: “There is no restriction for Azaan. In lockdown, there is complete ban on gathering of people for prayers in mosques or for worship etc. at any other religious place.”

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Azaan can be carried out within NGT Guidelines

Meanwhile, Delhi police has also cleared air on the matter and posted a tweet saying Azaan can be carried out within NGT Guidelines.

The tweet of the Delhi Police read, “‘Azaan to be Carried Out Within NGT Guidelines’
A tweet by the Delhi police from 1:00 am on 24 April clearly states that Azaan may be carried out in accordance with NGT guidelines.”

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Navaid Hamid All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM or MMM) has asked people to inform him if they find any difficulty. He tweeted: “I took the matter of prohibition of Azan in some Delhi colonies last night with highest competent authorities. Got a feed back on WhatsApp around 30mints back that corrective instructions have been given to
@DelhiPolice
. If any body still find difficultes, kindly inform me.”

Inquiry launched into matter

According to the Quint, Delhi Police PRO, Anil Mittal, said that the cops in the video are being identified and an official DCP-level inquiry has been launched into the matter.

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