NEW DELHI: When police evacuated 2300 people from Tablighi Jamaat headquarters at Nizamuddin Delhi, initial investigations revealed that there are a lot of foreigners among them.
Police began searching 16 mosques to locate more people from the Jamaat. The cops underestimated the numbers though. In a span of four days some 800 foreigners from Tablighi Jamaat have been found hiding in various mosques. Police fear that a lot of them will be found coronavirus positive which essentially raises the number of coronavirus infection in the country putting a huge strain on the healthcare system which is fighting very hard to defeat the pandemic.
Nizamuddin has now emerged as a hotspot for COVID-19 in India. Despite warnings from the government which had banned mass gatherings, authorities at Nizamuddin had gone ahead with the margaz where more than 2000 people from the country as well as all around the world had participated.
A lot of people who went back after attending the religious gathering had tested positive for coronavirus. Some deaths have also occurred.
It was on March 13 when 3400 people had arrived there for Tablighi Jamaat. This was when the Delhi CM had warned against mass gatherings of more than 200 people.
A few days later, the CM of Delhi out an upper limit of 50 for mass gathering but people at the gathering did not pay heed.
A few days later 10 people who were Indonesians tested positive for coronavirus at Telangana.
Then on March 22 Janata curfew was announced.
Next day 1500 left Nizamuddin.
And then the nation was out under 3 weeks lockdown which is why, Nizamuddin authorities say that people could not leave or vacate.
Questions have also been raised on the role of Delhi Police and what they were doing when such a gathering was underway at the heart of the city.