GUWAHATI: As of now 32 cases of coronavirus infections have been reported from the North East. 28 of them are related to the Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Assam Police, on Monday, appealed to those who either attended the religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in West Delhi or visited a State or country affected by COVID-19, to immediately report at the nearest hospital or Primary Health Centre (PHC) by 6 am on Tuesday (April 7). Such persons can also call Helpline No.104 for informing the authorities of their presence and condition.
“If such persons deliberately fail to present themselves by the given deadline, 6am on April 7, 2020 or inform the authorities, strict legal action will be taken against the individuals concerned, their shelters or those having knowledge of such travel history have hidden it, under relevant provisions of IPC & Disaster Management Act 2005,” a press release issued by the Assam Police Headquarters stated.
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.