Tablighi Jamaat in spotlight over Nizamuddin Markaz, an account of how it violated the law
the Tablighi Jamaat is at odds with government’s directions in combating the deadly Coronavirus. At a time, when the whole nation is abiding by social distancing norms, the religious gathering of over 2,000 people was like inviting trouble.
New Delhi: The national capital’s Nizamuddin has become potential hotspot for Coronavirus spread after many people who participated in the religious congregation have been tested positive.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain said that 24 people have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus as of now. All of these had attended the religious congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat at Banglewali Masjid in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.
How it violated govt guidelines
Blame game has begun over such religious gathering in the heart of city, at a time when the nation is pulling out all measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
Here is a look at how it unfolded:
March 13-15: Close to 2,000 people assemble at “Markaz Nizamuddin”, the Delhi headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat group
March 16: Kejriwal govt prohibits assembling of more than 50 people in Delhi
March 24: National Lockdown imposed to fight Covid-19
March 27: All modes of transport put on hold, Railways, buses cancelled
March 27: Mosque maulana writes letter to CM Arvind Kejriwal to help them evacuate as they are unable to follow social distancing norms
Clearly, the Tablighi Jamaat is at odds with government’s directions in combating the deadly Coronavirus. At a time, when the whole nation is abiding by social distancing norms, the religious gathering of over 2,000 people was like inviting trouble.
Visa violations by foreigners
As per reports, the foreigners who were present at the Tablighi Jamaat were in violation of visa rules.
As per policy guidelines of Indian Visa issued by government of India, preaching religious ideologies, making speeches in religious places, distribution of audio-visual display/pamphlets pertaining to religious ideologies is not allowed. All foreigners who attended may be barred, government sources told ANI.
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Grave crime, says Delhi Minister; FIR to be lodged
The Delhi Health Minister today said that the organisers of the Islamic congregation in Nizamuddin had committed a “grave crime”, in light of the enforcement of Disaster Act & Contagious Diseases Act that prohibits the assembly of more than 5 people. He further added that Delhi government has ordered an FIR in this regard.