Tension over loudspeakers in Bijnor: ‘Why live in a place where you can’t celebrate festivals?’

On the morning of April 5, Hindus of Jogirampuri and neighbouring villages reached the Shiva temple for Ram Navami celebrations.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | Bijnor | Updated: April 15, 2017 8:30 am
Bijnor, Bijnor loudspeaker, Bijnor UP, uttar pradesh, latest news, latest india news, indian express Walls of at least 15 structures in Jogirampuri village have “this building is for sale” scribbled in blue paint. (Express/Gajendra Yadav)

More Than a week after Ram Navami celebrations at a local temple in the village created tension between Hindus and Muslims, normalcy is yet to return in Bijnor’s Jogirampuri village. With half a dozen policemen guarding the temple and around 20 others stationed in other parts of Jogirampuri, at least 15 houses and shops have “this building is for sale” scribbled in blue paint on the walls.

On the morning of April 5, Hindus of Jogirampuri and neighbouring villages reached the Shiva temple for Ram Navami celebrations. The event was attended by Hindu Yuva Vahini’s Moradabad president N P Singh. “The event went on till late afternoon. Around 4-5 pm, it was time for the evening prayers at the village mosque. This is when trouble began,” says Ashok Kumar Yadav, circle officer (Nagina), Bijnor.

In Jogirampuri, where the majority of the residents are Muslims, a section of Hindu residents demanded that the loudspeaker on the temple’s dome should not be taken down.

“Prior to the celebrations, there had been a meeting between the two communities where it was decided that during Ram Navami a sound system would be used and it would be placed on the ground. However, some residents did not abide by the decision and placed the loudspeaker on the temple’s dome. The Ram Navami event happened without any interruption. However, later there was a demand to remove the loudspeaker because it was a violation of the agreement,” Yadav said.

Some Hindu residents alleged that the device was removed by cops.

Subdivisional magistrate, Najibabad, V K Singh said, “On Ram Navami, the loudspeaker on the temple’s dome was placed in violation of the agreement. In order to avoid any law and order situation, the police brought it down. Talks are in their final stage.”

N P Singh, on the other hand, alleged that earlier state governments had been “in favour of one community”. “A government is like the head of a family and it has to take all its members along. This did not happen with earlier governments here. If mosques have been given permission to use loudspeakers, temples should be allowed the same privileges,” he said.

In the seven days which have followed the incident, meetings between the two groups along with district administration and police have gone in vain. “Our demand is that the loudspeaker be allowed to stay on top of the temple dome. We should be allowed to use it for at least 30 minutes in the morning and another 30 minutes in the evening. On all festivals observed by us, we should be allowed to use the loudspeaker for 24 hours,” said Daya Ram Saini, president of the Shiv Mandir Committee in the village.

For Muslim residents of the village, the friction between the two groups has come as a shock. They said they had largely lived peacefully. “There are some external elements who are provoking people here,” said Mohammad Rafi Ansari, a former village head of Jogirampuri.

Jogirampuri’s Hindu residents are threatening to migrate from the village if their demands are not met. “What is the point of living in a place where you cannot take out a marriage procession, celebrate festivals and show devotion to your gods?” asks Roshan Kumar who runs a stationary and photocopying shop in the village.

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First Published on: April 15, 2017 1:51 am
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    Suparno Roy
    Apr 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm
    Please ban loudspeaker from all Temples, Mosques and election rallies. If you want to convey any message do through any other means that do not pollute the atmosphere. Sound pollution has become rampant and very annoying.
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      marwak d
      Apr 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm
      Muslims are criminal society. Their only religion is terror. It starts with the girls and women of their own home. They can marry the girls from their own family. This dirt they spread wherever they go. Europe, America, Asia are all examples. Even Bangladesh, Syria, & you name it they are spreading their dirty thinking.
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        ARUN HEBBARE
        Apr 15, 2017 at 11:33 am
        If mosques are permitted to use loudspeakers why not temples? Why favour one religion when that community claims a minority sratus? Why does Islam previleges to muslims when my country gives equal opportunity to all?
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          King
          Apr 15, 2017 at 11:44 am
          Who said it to you? Our country does not give equal opportunity to all. Just see the Quota Raj :)
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          natraj
          Apr 15, 2017 at 11:30 am
          RSSS needs to dismanteled completely from india
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            Pavi
            Apr 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm
            Where did you read RSS in this news story?
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            suham
            Apr 15, 2017 at 11:20 am
            After reading many comments in this forum one can easily understand that how pathetic and uneducated people are living. The article itself clearly mentioned that both community have agreed conditions on how to proceed with the festivals and should be abide of it. Its nothing to do with who is majority or minority in that village. One should be surprised that in majority Hindu area you cannot see single mosque should I say its Hindu appea t. So grow up from your narrow minded Muslims living from ancient time dont divide it. Anything related to religion protested it for both then only India can be progress.
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              Pavi
              Apr 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm
              What kind of agreement is this, that Hindus are not allowed to maintain loudspeakers on temples, when Muslims are allowed to keep loudspeakers throughout the year?? Hindu-majority areas do not have mosques?? Which country are you living in?? Or you must be blind. I grew up in a Hindu-majority area, and woke up to Azan every morning for 30 years. Don't talk nonsense.
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              Kumar Gaurav
              Apr 15, 2017 at 10:57 am
              My take... No one should object on 5 times namaj..And no one should object on the loudspeakers by the hindus..What's the problem here. tolerance by muslims when in majority?
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                Naresh Gupta
                Apr 15, 2017 at 11:44 am
                Why use loudspeakers by both communities is thier god deaf ?
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                ak dev
                Apr 15, 2017 at 10:47 am
                Bijnor is known only for Hindu-Muslim riots.
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                  Tushar
                  Apr 15, 2017 at 10:40 am
                  Gimmick to creat a riot befire embly elevtion .simple.... God is great ajd he will never spare these RSS goons to make people kill each othe.. ...he will teach them a lesson
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                    Pavi
                    Apr 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                    Yes, let's get rid of RSS and then bring in ISIS, who are messengers of peace. I hope you get to good treatment from peace-lovers of ISIS.
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                    Sumit
                    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:18 am
                    UP Chief Minister Hon. Yogi may take corrective steps immediately to stop this minority appea t at the cost of aspirations of the Hindu community. Loud speaker from the mosque must be removed immediately and the Hindu people must be permitted everything including conducting processions, using of loud speakers, and celebrations of other Hindu festivals. Muslims must know that Hindus are the people still following the traditions of this great country. They must behave and respect local traditions rather than following the outdated dogmas of deserts.
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                      Joydeep
                      Apr 15, 2017 at 9:36 am
                      We are a primitive country. Amazing how people want loud loudspeakers to announce their devotion to the gods.
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                        Hindu
                        Apr 15, 2017 at 11:09 am
                        Hey commie.Teach ur mullah nomadic baap first.
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                        k.madhukar
                        Apr 15, 2017 at 9:24 am
                        Taste of things to come when Muslims become majority. Liberals,JNU listening. Wish Barkha Dutt were around to cover this in 'Bucks stops at her door step'
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                          MyTake
                          Apr 15, 2017 at 9:23 am
                          With Muslims one is to find same problem repeating, same events to follow, same misunderstanding/bloodshed to take place. Only difference is time!
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                            IslamForFoools
                            Apr 15, 2017 at 9:18 am
                            Media is biggest enemy of Hindus today, we must attack medi ahouses or jurno vans
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                              IslamForFoools
                              Apr 15, 2017 at 9:18 am
                              Hindus are humiliated by secularists. We must kil them no matter how big they are
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                                mohan
                                Apr 15, 2017 at 9:08 am
                                Wherever the muslims become in majority such situations are bound to arise.Till the time they are in minority it is all hindu muslim bhai bhai&Ganga Jumani sanskriti.Hindus believe in brotherhood&muslims in islam& treat other religionist as kafirs&enemies.So what is going on in Jogirampura is nothing new.What is new is that despite change in Govt,the police is still following the dictats of muslims in open&flagrant violation of laws .Govt should step in .There were no loud speakers when the namaj was ordained.Police should keep this factor in mind&permanently remove loud speakers from the mosques.
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                                  suham
                                  Apr 15, 2017 at 11:09 am
                                  Bul sht comment read the article once more what he said is Hindu Muslims live peacefully the tension arise only after external people came to this village and create tension. Change your mentality and look the broadway not by your narrow mind.
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                                    Jayanto Chakraborty
                                    Apr 15, 2017 at 11:38 am
                                    i think u r muslim and blinded person. The pictures shows Hindus migrated from that area because of Majority Muslim's atrocity. why temple will not have Mic when Mosque has . Change your mentality and attrocities against Hindus which has been gfoing on from ancient time either Moghul or earlier in india and other places
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                                  HarendraPal Singh
                                  Apr 15, 2017 at 9:03 am
                                  The situation will improve slowly slowly, Yogi is here to stay, SABKA SAATH SABKA VIKAAS TUSHTIKARAN TO NONE
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                                    ansuman
                                    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:01 am
                                    Look at Muslim appea t by Mullah--Mulayam and begam Mayawati? their own country -Hindus can not use loudspeaker two times a day but Muslim can use five times a day ?.Wake up Hindus -and unite,do not let any one suppress you any more.This will change now because of Modiji but we must unite.
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                                      suham
                                      Apr 15, 2017 at 11:10 am
                                      Bul sht comment read the article once more what he said is Hindu Muslims live peacefully the tension arise only after external people came to this village and create tension. Change your mentality and look the broadway not by your narrow mind.
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                                      Samir
                                      Apr 15, 2017 at 8:55 am
                                      Normal Hindus and Muslims have no problems and can live in harmony and peace but organisations like RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and Vahinis inject communal hatred and destroy the secular fabric of Indian democracy.
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                                        Tushar
                                        Apr 15, 2017 at 10:35 am
                                        That's the truth. Every where the tension and problem arises only when these political goons will interfere. They are really doing the sin ..bas tards And this is the first step to create the violence prior to the embly election
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                                          Hindu
                                          Apr 15, 2017 at 11:12 am
                                          They will live peacefully because they will not raise voice in fear.When they raise voice u mc commie start barking.This will not happen anymore we 'll teach them lesson each and every step.
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                                            Pavi
                                            Apr 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm
                                            Very true. There will be peace when Hindus keep walking on their knees in front of Muslim fundamentalists. It is only Hindu organizations like Bajrang Dal (not even RSS) who are raising a voice against Islamic fundamentalism. Whenever common people submit to criminals there will be peace. When you fight against injustice there will be some friction. I am glad organizations like Bajrang Dal are raising their voice against fundamentalism and fighting for justice.
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                                            countk99
                                            Apr 15, 2017 at 11:27 am
                                            If RSS and others are the reason for Injecting communal hatred in India then What about the rest of the world? who is Injecting the violence in Majority Muslim countries? Everyone knows who injects hatred in their community towards other communities.
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                                            Jawahar Nehru
                                            Apr 15, 2017 at 8:41 am
                                            Yogi-ji and Modi-ji will surely create a Hindu nations. Hindus have wanted their own nation for 800 years, now they are getting it. Bijnor is just the first step in a nationwide revolution and freedom for oppressed Hindus.
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                                              Sing is
                                              Apr 15, 2017 at 7:44 am
                                              Hindus can go back to Iran where thy originally came from. If there is an agreement, respect it. That is how India functions. Clear violation by Hindus this time.
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                                                sridhar rao
                                                Apr 15, 2017 at 10:30 am
                                                Where did the Muslims come from ,Saudi Arabia? Send them back first & then open your piglet mouth of yours.
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                                                  suham
                                                  Apr 15, 2017 at 11:12 am
                                                  No matter who comes from where agreement should be respected and followed for peaceful living.
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                                                  RANA
                                                  Apr 15, 2017 at 11:11 am
                                                  go back to african jungle to your chimps family as they are the ancestors.
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                                                    Pavi
                                                    Apr 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm
                                                    What kind of agreement is it that Hindus cannot have loudspeakers on temples??
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                                                    nagarajabillur
                                                    Apr 15, 2017 at 6:41 am
                                                    This is the problem with Muslim majority areas. Can Loud speaker in Masjid be controlled just because they are in a minority in a place close to a temple. Muslim majority areas of Malda Mallapuram and even some parts of Mumbai Bengaluru Mysore are a law onto themselves because that upsets vote banks and professional secularists are indeed anti majority.
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