Mehsana: A 40-year-old man in Mehsana was allegedly beaten to death for using the loudspeaker at a temple.
The deceased, Jashwantji Thakore, a daily wage worker, was beaten up members of his own community on Wednesday. He later succumbed to the injuries.
His elder brother Ajit, too, sustained injuries and a fracture on his left hand.
Six persons were arrested in the cases and charged with murder.
According to Ajit, they were playing an aarti at the Meldi Mata temple on Wednesday evening when one of the accused, Sadaji Thakore, came and asked why they were playing the aarti so loudly. He then began to abuse them. Later, he called five others and they started beating the brothers.
Villagers took the brothers to Mehsana Civil Hospital, from where they were shifted to Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. There, Jashwant breathed his last.
The loudspeaker row has escalated in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray issuing an ultimatum for mosques to remove their loudspeakers by May 3, failing which Hanuman Chalisa would be played on loudspeakers if azaan was heard on the device.
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