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Delhi Police registers FIR against Tablighi Jamaat preacher & others under Epidemic Diseases Act

March 31, 2020 09:30 PM
Tablighi Jamaat, at Nizamuddin West Markaz, at New Delhi

Chandigarh: Among the 1746 participants were 216 foreign nationals from eight countries, some of them have also been infected by coronavirus during their stay at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz.

  The Ministry of Home Affairs said that “as on 21st March, there were about 1,746 persons staying in Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz. Of these, 216 were foreigners and 1,530 were Indians.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said 1,548 people were evacuated from the Markaz Tablighi Jamaat over the past three days. Of these, 441 were symptomatic of COVID-19 and have been sent to hospital for testing, while the others have been quarantined, he added.

Delhi Police Tuesday registered an FIR against Tablighi Jamaat preacher Maulana Saad and others of members of the outfit under Section 3 of The Epidemic Diseases Act (1897)-- Section 269, 270, 271, and 120-B of Indian Penal Code (IPC) -- for violation of directions given to the management of Markaz of Basti Nizamuddin, police sources said.

for organising a congregation at Nizamuddin West Markaz amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"Various nationals, particularly from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan come for Tabligh activities. All such foreign nationals normally report their arrival at Tabligh Markaz at Banglewali Mosque in Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi," MHA said.

All such foreign nationals normally report their arrival at Tabligh Markaz at Banglewali Mosque in Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi. From here, they are detailed for Chilla activities to different parts of the country,” the Ministry statement said.

It is officially stated that some cases of coronavirus cases in Delhi as well as Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kashmir has been traced to the gathering organised in mid-March.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said 1,548 people were evacuated from the Markaz Tablighi Jamaat over the past three days. Of these, 441 were symptomatic of COVID-19 and have been sent to hospital for testing, while the others have been quarantined, he added.

Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs also informed that the attendees of the Tabligh Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi on March 21 mainly hailed from Central and South-East Asian countries.

Days after gathering at a mosque in Nizamuddin West mid-March emerged as the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak and on Tuesday the Delhi police have registered an FIR against Maulana Saad and others of Tablighi Jamaat under Section 3 of Epidemic Disease.

An estimated 1,746 persons had assembled for the annual Tabligh Jamaat at Nizamuddin markaz in New Delhi on March 21, 216 were foreign nationals while out of which 1,530 hailed from states across India.

Meanwhile, the Delhi police on Tuesday have registered a FIR against Maulana Saad and others of Tablighi Jamaat under Section 3 of Epidemic Disease.

Nationwide contact-tracing is being undertaken by the authorities to locate the COVID-19 infected cases of the contacts of the people who assembled for the Jamaat at Nizamuddin West in New Delhi.

“Chilla activities in all States are coordinated by District Coordinators in different Districts, who, in turn, in some States are supervised by State Amirs. As on March 21, there were about 1,746 persons staying in Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz. Of these, 216 were foreigners and 1,530 were Indians,” it added.

At least 54 persons from Karnataka state attended Nizamuddin Jamaat who also being located to check if they are infected by COVID-19 or not.

The Ministry also informed that in addition to the above-mentioned figures, about 824 foreigners had been, as on March 21, doing Chilla activities in various parts of the country. The Home Ministry had previously dispatched the details of these 824 foreigners with the state police for identifying them, getting them medically screened and quarantining them.

“So far, about 2,137 such persons have been identified in different States…  all the Tabligh Jamaat workers staying at Hazrat Nizamuddin Marka are being medically screened since March 26. So far 1,203 Tablig Jamaat workers have been medically screened. 303 of them have symptoms of COVID-19 and were referred to different hospitals in Delhi.

Rest of them have been moved to different quarantine centre at Narela, Bakkarwala and Sultanpuri. This process will continue throughout today to move every Tabligh Jamaat worker out of Nizamuddin Markaz,” the Home Ministry informed.

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