Sonu Nigam was last in news for his comments on the use of loudspeakers for Azaan (Muslim payers). His comments were not taken kindly and since then the singing sensation had been on the radar of fundamentalists. Now, as per reports, Maharashtra State Intelligence Department has issued an advisory to the Mumbai Police citing security threat to Sonu Nigam and two Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.
According to the advisory, the singer can be attacked by terrorists at a public place or during some film promotion. Reports said that the death threat for Sonu Nigam and BJP leaders Ram Kadam and Ashish Shelar were by a terror group operating from Pakistan. A police official from the Protection Branch, however, declined to comment on what level of security has been provided to the singer and for how long. When contacted Sonu, he declined to comment and said, “I am as ambiguous (about the threat) as you are."
Last year, the singer vented out his frustration via a series of tweets after being woken up by the sound of Azaan. He wrote, "God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India. And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam," he posted.
Sonu Nigam's Tweet About Azaan
"Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity. To wake up people who don't follow the religion. Why then..? Honest? True? Gundagardi hai bus,” he further wrote.
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The tweets sparked a debate and a fatwa was released against the singer. Sonu then shaved off his head in a press conference and said, “I didn't speak against any religion... I am not against Azaan, only the use of loudspeakers. I believe in all faiths. This is a social topic, not a religious one," Nigam asserted, before adding, "I have a right to my opinion. Dharam ke naam pe log sharab pee ke naach rahe hote hai. Filmy gaane chala rahe hote hai. Matlab yeh dadagiri nahi hai?"
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He also said, “I used to wrap up my shows by 10 and respected the time frame given by the government. I have no problem with Azaan or Aarti, my problem is Loudspeaker. We should address this issue seriously. Our children are also part of this country."