An exchange on Facebook over playback singer Sonu Nigam’s tweets on using loudspeakers for prayers turned violent ending in two men getting stabbed in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
A Hindustan Times report said one of the victims, Shivam Rai, had posted a message supporting Nigam’s stand against the use of loudspeakers for azaan. This enraged the accused, Mohammad Nagori and Faizan Khan, who threatened him over the phone.
The report quoted Rai as saying that he was asked to meet them in the Freeganj area of the city. “When I reached there with my friend, Ayush Shreewas, they attacked us with knives.” Shreewas, who sustained grave injuries in the attack, was admitted to the district hospital.
Police said a case of attempted murder has been registered against the accused under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code. They are yet to be arrested.
On 16 April, Nigam tweeted that he was against “forced religiousness”. A Kolkata-based cleric then wasted no time in announcing a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anybody who would tonsure Sonu Nigam and garland him with old shoes.
The singer responded by having his head shaved at his Juhu residence. Nigam has clarified that he was not against any religion and spoke against the use of loudspeakers.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.