State traces 252 attendees among 1,000 from Maharashtra of Tablighi Jamat event in Delhi

Mumbai :- Panic and fear among people prevailed across the state as 252 persons including at least a dozen Indonesia nationals, who had attended a congregation of Tabligh-e-Jamaat in New Delhi, have been traced in various cities of Maharashtra including Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai. The Union Home Ministry has alerted all States to identify the attendees. A list of suspected attendees was also sent to Maharashtra Government. Office of Director General of Police, Maharashtra has forwarded the list of attendees to all district police with a list of dos and don’ts.

It was said that at least 1,000 people from Maharashtra, including around 500 from Mumbai alone, had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi. It has become the latest challenge in India’s fight against coronavirus after scores of people across states were found to have caught coronavirus after attending the event. The Tablighi Jamaat event defied lockdown orders in Delhi as over 3400 people gathered in the Nizamuddin Markaz building ignoring social distancing norms. States such as Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh have identified hundreds who attended the event and have now been quarantined. The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that a total of 2,346 people connected to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizammuding have been evacuated, out of which 536 people have been admitted to hospitals and 1810 have been quarantined.

As many as 106 people have been traced in five districts of western Maharashtra. “We received a list of total of 182 people from Pune, Solapur, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur who had attended the gathering at Markaz Nizamuddin and 106 of them have been traced,” said the Pune divisional commissioner, Deepak Mhaisekar.

According to the senior IAS officer, of these 106, 94 people were placed under quarantine and their samples would be tested. The process to track down remaining people was underway, he further said. On the other hand, 54 people, who had attended the gathering in Nizamuddin were tracked down in Nagpur and put under quarantine, said Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe.

He appealed to other citizens who had attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West to come forward and contact the civic authorities, so that appropriate treatment could be provided to them if they have any coronavirus symptoms. “All were quarantined and samples of throat swab were sent for testing,” Munde further said. The Tabligh-e-Jamaat”s Markaz in Nizamuddin West has emerged as one of the COVID-19 hotspots, prompting many states to launch a massive search for those who attended the religious congregation. There is a report that several other people from the region, particularly from Akola, Chandrapur and Washim of Vidarbha had gone to Delhi to attend the Nizamuddin Markaz.