A letter has been doing the rounds on social media which reportedly instructed the removal of sound systems from mosques in Karnataka.

The order dated November 2 was stated to be from Director General of Police & Inspector General of Police in Karnataka.

But the police in Karnataka have now confirmed that this news is fake.

In a statement, the state police said: "This letter has been issued mischievously without proper authorisation of superiors by the clerk addressed to all police commissioners and superintendents of police of the districts of Karnataka." 

"However, no such instructions have been issued to remove the sound systems from the mosques as is being interpreted in the social media," the statement added.

Even as further enquiry into the matter is underway, police have requested people against believing such rumours or misleading interpretations.